Target: Governor Chris Christie
Goal: Commend Governor Christie for banning gay conversion therapy
Gay conversion therapy is a type of therapy that attempts to make gay people straight. This type of therapy can be very emotionally harmful to the patients that it is tried on. Many patients go through this therapy for years until they feel they have become straight. Most of the gay conversion therapy in this country is run by religious organizations because they view being gay as a sin.
Recently, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey signed a law banning gay conversion therapy for youth in the state. He is a Republican governor who is opposed to same-sex marriage, but he believes that gay conversion therapy is wrong. The bill that was passed bans therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation.
Governor Christie made it clear that he supports parents being able to make their own decisions, but his decision was based upon research from the American Psychological Association, which presented data that showed a risk in depression and suicide of adolescents who have had the therapy. Substance abuse was also a risk.
The governor is a moderate Republican who chooses his positions on gay issues carefully. In 2012, he vetoed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, but has shown support of the gay community on other issues. He is a prospective candidate for the 2016 presidential election so his moderate politics may become an issue in the GOP primaries. Governor Christie did the right thing by banning the harmful gay conversion therapy; commend him for it by signing the petition below.
Dear Governor Chris Christie,
You always are very selective when you choose your positions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. You try to be in the middle, but are still opposed to same-sex marriage. Gay conversion therapy is a sensitive issue that the majority of Americans are against. It is harmful to the patients because they are trying to become something that they are not. This type of therapy is never successful.
Recently, you signed a bill banning gay conversion therapy in your state. You banned the therapy for youth, because of the research done by the American Psychological Association which showed a rise in the risk of suicide, depression, and substance abuse among youth who undergo this therapy. The decision you made was the right one. This therapy should be banned in every state.
Banning gay conversion therapy in your state will help a lot of LGBT youth. You have ended the pain that they could have gone through because they were not accepted for who they are. Thank you for ending this emotionally brutal therapy that does not help anyone.
[Your Name Here]
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