Target: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Goal: Thank you for banning pseudoscientific abuse of gay children
Gay conversion therapy is a pseudoscientific procedure which assumes that, through psychological intervention gay people can be “cured” of homosexuality. This abusive form of “treatment,” based on the idea that being gay is a mental illness, has over the decades included everything from punishment-based tactics including shocking victims to promoting crank theories about how families are at fault for their children’s sexuality. The American Psychological Association has even condemned gay conversion therapy as posing mental health risks to those subjected to it.
However, this dangerous therapy is legal to give to minors in almost the entire United States, with supporters claiming the right of parents to do what they feel is best for their children. That may be changing, as New Jersey recently became the second U.S. state to sign a law banning therapists from doing so. Governor Chris Christie said of his decision to sign “I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.”
Subjecting children to gay conversion therapy, which has no scientific basis and teaches them that who they are is fundamentally wrong and something they can be “cured” of is clearly abuse. By signing this petition, you will thank Governor Chris Christie for approving his state’s ban of this malicious procedure.
Dear Governor Christie,
I am writing to thank you for signing New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy for minors into law. Conversion therapy is a pseudoscientific “treatment” based on the idea that gay people are suffering a mental illness and that through intervention they can be “cured” of their sexuality. Methods for administering this procedure over the decades have included everything from promoting unscientific theories that families are responsible for their children’s homosexuality to shock therapy.
As you know, gay conversion therapy is legal in almost the entire United States partly due to concerns over violating parental rights. A 2012 ban signed by California was blocked by a federal appeals court earlier this year shows how the issue is still a legal gray area. When you signed New Jersey’s law you noted, however, that minors should not be placed into programs with potentially significant mental health risks and no clear benefit. Such an action can in no way be considered ‘doing what is best for the child.’
Subjecting children to a malicious procedure which teaches them that who they are is an illness clearly constitutes abuse. Thank you for taking a stand for children’s rights and against pseudoscience by banning gay conversion therapy for minors.
[Your Name Here]
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