Liberty Counsel argues pro-therapy case in New Jersey

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
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New Jersey residents, and especially parents, will soon learn whether it will be legal to obtain therapy for their children’s same-gender attractions.

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel is representing therapists, including Christian counselors, who provide the therapy.

The problem is that New Jersey passed a law banning homosexual conversion therapy for children.

Staver argued the case Tuesday.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)“It bans any counsel that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation which means their feelings, their behavior or their identity even though the client seeks such counsel, even though clients are currently getting this kind of counsel and are benefitting from this counsel.

It prevents parents from making the decision to get the counseling for their child. Staver says that what we are seeing in California, and now in New Jersey, is an ideological move to silence any position opposing change from homosexuality:

“This is absolutely ideologically driven, has no basis in reality,” Staver tells OneNewsNow. “These laws are no brainers. They should be easily struck down as a  violation of the First Amendment, parental rights and religious free exercise, but unfortunately what we're seeing right now are courts that just don't get it.”

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld California's ban on homosexual change therapy. The New Jersey ruling will be issued soon. 

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