A New Jersey couple has filed suit against Gov. Chris Christi for signing into law a ban on so-called conversion therapy for people with same-gender attractions.
Many thousands of people have been able to shake free of same-gender attractions through counseling and through Christ. But Gov. Christie signed a bill forcing counselors to halt the therapy.
Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow he filed the lawsuit on behalf of a 15-year-old New Jersey boy and his parents.
"This particular individual was one person who developed unwanted same-sex sexual attractions, even began to inflect his voice to sound very feminine, and even began to think about suicide," Staver explains.
Christian-based counseling has worked. The teen's relationships with family and friends have improved. The teenager does not speak in a feminine manner and rarely is attracted to the same gender:
"But now under this law he can't get the counsel that he needs," says Staver, "and the parents are desperate to get the kind of counsel that they've seen help their son."
The parents allege in their lawsuit that the ban violates constitutional protections of free speech and religion.
"This puts a real face to the situation because we have an individual who has been dramatically, beneficially changed by the kind of Christian counseling from a licensed practitioner," Staver argues.
But under the new law the 15-year-old can't obtain it, at least in New Jersey.
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