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New Jersey Assembly Approves Conversion Therapy Ban

Jim Burroway

June 25th, 2013

The New Jersey Assembly approved A3371, a bill to prohibit licensed therapists in the state of New Jersey from providing therapies intended to change sexual orientation to minors:

Supporters of the bill, including the American Psychological and American Psychiatric associations, have called the practice damaging and demoralizing, while opponents have accused state lawmakers of interfering with the counselor-patient relationship and intruding on parents’ rights.

…The bill’s Assembly sponsor, Tim Eustace (D-Bergen) called the practice, “an insidious form of child abuse. The Assembly approved the bill, (A3371) by a 56-14 vote with seven abstentions.

The bill will now to to the Senate. Gov. Chris Christie (R) has not said whether he will sign the measure, although he has spoken out againztr conversion therapy generally.

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David
June 25th, 2013 | LINK

Is the headline wrong? The headline says that it passed the Senate, but the article says that it passed the House and would now head to the Senate. Which is correct?

Jim Burroway
June 25th, 2013 | LINK

Sorry for the error. It was the Assembly. Rough day.

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