Sunday, November 10, 2013
New Jersey court ruling another blow to gay conversion therapies
The title of this post comes from this article reporting that a New Jersey judge has upheld the state's ban on gay conversion therapy, ruling that the ban does not infringe upon protected First Amendment rights. According to the judge, "[A] state generally may enact laws rationally regulating professionals, including those providing medicine and mental health services." The article begins:
Echoing a similar ruling in California earlier this year, a New Jersey judge has upheld the state’s ban on so-called gay conversion therapies for minors.
In August, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill outlawing the controversial therapies, making the Garden State the second to do so after California. California’s ban, which was passed in 2012, was upheld in federal court in August.
The New Jersey law prevents any licensed therapist, psychologist, social worker or counselor from using sexual orientation change efforts with children under age 18.