N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Opposes 'Gay...

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Opposes 'Gay Conversion Therapy'

There are 3 comments on the EDGE story from Mar 24, 2013, titled N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Opposes 'Gay Conversion Therapy'. In it, EDGE reports that:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Thursday that he doesn't believe in "gay conversion therapy." His announcement came just a day after he was sharply criticized for saying he was undecided on the ban of the controversial therapy for minors in the state.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at EDGE.

“Where's my fairy wand!”

Since: Apr 08

Reading PA

#1 Mar 25, 2013
I know he's a Republican but so far Chris Christie is accumulating a fair number of points in my book.

Could it be he's a Republican that judged things on their own merit instead by the party dogma?

No matter, kudos to this Governor for standing up against a dangerous and wholly stupid practice.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#2 Mar 25, 2013
I guess 'conversion therapy' will be the next big battle after we achieve marriage equality
.
Creepy fundamentalists always come up with the dumbest things to create civil unrest in society
.
The government will have to regulate churches if the fundies can't learn to control themselves

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#4 Mar 25, 2013
KirkW wrote:
I know he's a Republican but so far Chris Christie is accumulating a fair number of points in my book.
Could it be he's a Republican that judged things on their own merit instead by the party dogma?
No matter, kudos to this Governor for standing up against a dangerous and wholly stupid practice.
First, note that Christie hasn't promised to support the bill. He may not believe in reparitive therapy, but he may nevertheless permit parents to put their minor children into the clutches of those who profit by promising change that they know will not occur.

As adamant as I am that reparitive therapy should not be forced on anyone, I share Christie's reluctance to take such decisions out of the hands of parents. Perhaps there's a middle ground where the state heavily regulates providers of such therapy. Consider how states like Alabama has regulated abortion clinics right out of existence.

I think the case on marriage equality is much more damning for Christie. I'm not aware that he's actually expressed his opinion of whether it should be legalized, but his "deferral" to the electorate is craven prevarication. New Jersey has no mechanism for referring laws to the electorate. Inventing an entirely new process for same-sex marriage--just because it involves giving rights to gay people--shows actual animus.[On the other hand, I think maybe we should take him up on the offer. He'll end up with egg on his face, and the religious right will HATE him for allowing marriage equality during his watch.]

Schwarzenegger's two vetoes of marriage equality in California were more principled: The initiative process in that state is well-established (to the point of absurdity). Since the electorate had previously made a clear statement against marriage equality, it made sense to defer to that decision. The situation in New Jersey is entirely different.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Chris Christie Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News 'No more Oreos': Donald Trump announces immedia... Sat Three Psyche 4
News Maine Republicans, tell us if you're with Trump... Fri longtail 1
News More May 26 Reagan spirit 1
News Trump helps Chris Christie pay off his campaign... May 26 Mantequilla 2
News For Women, Discrimination Is Compounding May 24 Three Rounds 1
News Is today the day Atlantic City gets its rescue ... May 22 Larry house 1
News Trump's tax trouble: More than 100 lawsuits, di... May 21 Interesting 12
More from around the web