New Jersey Set to Ban Gay-Converstion Therapy

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The New Jersey Assembly voted to ban gay conversion therapy a practice where those under 18 years of age would receive counseling to change their sexual orientation. The bill was passed with a 56-14 vote and if it were enacted, New Jersey would become the second state to outlaw the practice, California was the first. The legislation proposed cites a study done by the American Psychiatric Association that finds sexual orientation is determined at birth. It is often parents who place their children in this type of therapy because they feel shame, according to Ross Murray, spokesman for GLADD. “Those who promote such programs advocate that gay and lesbian people are somehow broken and need fixing, which is not the case,” said Murray. Although this bill would ban conversational therapy in the state, the legislation does not ban the therapy from being used by religious counselors. [NBC News]

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