NJ Governor to sign ban on sexual orientation change therapy

NJ Governor to sign ban on sexual orientation change therapyGov. Chris Christie has come out and said he will sign a bill Monday that supporters that will ban any attempt to change a teenager’s sexual orientation, even if the person desires the change.

In June, the bill passed both houses of the state legislature with bipartisan support. Openly “gay” Assemblyman Tim Eustace described conversion therapy as “an insidious act of child abuse.”

The bill would prohibit any type of counseling or therapy on a child that would attempt to assist them if they were struggling from homosexual thoughts even if the thoughts resulted from child abuse. “Gay” activists have pushed these types of bills because they see any type of acknowledgement that ex-gays exist as a threat to their agenda that people cannot change.

However, even supporters of the “gay” lifestyle have admitted that sexuality is fluid and that people can go bath and forth from heterosexual to homosexual to transsexual then back again.

While these types of bills are touted as banning “gay conversion therapy” the actual language shows that is not exactly correct. Instead the law bans any attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation, regardless of what that may be.

The problem is the law could also prohibit counseling for older teenagers who have a desire to have sexual relations with younger children such as 6 and 7 year olds.

Mat Staver, an attorney with Liberty Counsel, which has filed a lawsuit against a similar bill in California said under the bill’s language a mental health counselor could be sanctioned if we were to attempt to get a pedophile to change their behavior, or speak negatively about the behavior.

“If someone were to say their sexual orientation is towards young children and a licensed mental health practitioner were to counsel against those tendencies as opposed to affirming the behavior it is problematic and could result in an ethical code violation by the counselor,” Staver said. “This is an issue that is clearly lurking in this statute.”

Psychologists have already indicated that they believe pedophilia is as much a sexual orientation as homosexuality is.  In July, 2010 Harvard health Publications said, “Pedophilia is a sexual orientation and unlikely to change. Treatment aims to enable someone to resist acting on his sexual urges.”

“The courts could very well find themselves constrained to apply it pedophilia conduct as well as homosexual conduct,” Staver said.

He went on to say the law could also be problematic as court ordered counseling sessions are often a requirement for pedophiles placed on probation. The law would prevent court appointed counselors from criticizing a pedophile’s behavior.

“All of that would be affected by this law,” Staver said.

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