Suit Challenges N.J. Law Banning Therapy To Convert Gay Minors

, New Jersey Law Journal

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A suit filed in federal court asserts that a New Jersey statute outlawing gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and religion.

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  • Jonathan Rudolph

    My son was the individual whose petition on Change.org garnered more than 155,000 signatures urging Gov. Christie to sign the bill into law (http://nj1015.com/nj-teen-celebrates-anti-conversion-therapy-law-audio/). Having sat through the Legislature's committee hearings (during which the plaintiff's argument was raised, discussed, and shown not to infringe or impinge upon any First Amendment rights), and having read the actual statute, I can say with 100% confidence that one of the following must be true: a) the plaintiff did not attend the Assembly or Senate committee hearings; b) did not read the full text of the statute; c) both a & b; or d) did in fact attend the hearings and read the statute, but does not have the intellectual capacity to understand what took place in the former or what is set out in the latter. This law protects minors from what can be labeled properly only as torture. The horriffic ordeals suffered by those who testified at the hearings leave no doubt that having this legislation is necessary.

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