August 19, 2013 by Paul Guequierre- Today New Jersey became the second, in what is hopefully a growing number of states, to outlaw dangerous practices to change the sexual orientation of teenagers.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed the
legislation into law this morning.
In a signing note accompanying the
bill, Christie said he believes people are born gay and that
homosexuality is not a sin.
HRC, along with our partners at Garden
State Equality and other advocates, played an active role in getting the
legislation passed, providing technical support to lawmakers. HRC
State Legislative Director Sarah Warbelow testified on the harms of
so-called reparative therapy.
Last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a similar bill into law.
California SB 1172 made California the first state in the nation to
outlaw these dangerous practices to change sexual orientation and gender
expression, but the law is in the midst of a legal challenge.
Efforts to change sexual orientation or gender expression have been
debunked as junk science, and have also been proven harmful to children
All major medical and mental health organizations have
denounced the practice including: the American Psychological
Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American School
Counselor Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American
Medical Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the
American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Academy of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Pan American Health Organization. Learn
more at www.hrc.org/reparativetherapy.
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