N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Opposes 'Gay Conversion Therapy'
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.
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“Where's my fairy wand!”
Since: Apr 08
#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.
#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
#4 Mar 25, 2013
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.
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