N.J. Ban On ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Upheld

September 11, 2014 by staff 

N.J. Ban On ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Upheld, A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld New Jersey’s ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay and lsbn children.

By a 3-0 vote, a panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban, which Republican Governor Chris Christie signed into law in August 2013, did not violate the free speech or religious rights of counselors offering “gay conversion therapy” to convert hmosxl minors into heterosexuals.

The panel also said the plaintiffs, who included licensed therapists and a Christian counseling group, lacked standing to pursue claims on behalf of their minor clients.

Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith said the ban, the second in the country after California’s, appropriately advanced New Jersey’s legitimate interest in protecting people under the age of 18 from harmful or ineffective professional treatment.

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