Target: New Jersey legislature
Goal: Commend New Jersey legislature for banning sexual conversion therapy
A bill banning “gay conversion” therapy for minors was passed by the New Jersey legislature. New Jersey could potentially be the only state to uphold such a ban; California’s ban, the first in the U.S., is undergoing a reexamination brought forth by conservative opposition groups. New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie made clear that his administration is against the therapy and denounced the practice for its major health risks. The American Psychological Association has also publicly stated that this destructive therapy can lead to mental health issues, substance abuse, and even suicide.
Governor Christie has displayed tepid support for gay rights as well as a reluctance to infringe on parents’ freedom to raise their children as they see fit. Yet he rightly maintains that the health risks outweigh the qualms people may have with government intervention. New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustance described the therapy as “an insidious form of children abuse.” Reports of therapy methods include electric shocks, vomit-inducing drugs, and having the patients attack effigies of their mothers while naked.
Major medical groups have denounced these “conversion programs” that regard homosexuality as a mental disorder. Conversion therapy tells young people that it is unacceptable to be the way they are. Exodus International, an organization that specialized in helping people “become” heterosexual, recently shut down its operation and apologized for the pain and trauma it has caused to its patients. By signing below, you will commend New Jersey’s legislature for banning the use of sexual orientation conversion programs and protecting LGBTQ youths from potential mental and physical harm.
Dear New Jersey Legislators,
We applaud New Jersey for protecting the mental and physical health of LGBTQ youth by banning sexual orientation conversion therapy. New Jersey has the potential to become a model for other states to follow in defending the safety of LGBTQ individuals. The United States needs to prevent the LGBTQ youth from being told that their sexual preferences are a mental illness that ought to be “cured.” The therapies are not only founded on pseudo-scientific evidence but also incur physical pain and enduring mental trauma on patients.
New Jersey’s legislation will guard LGBTQ youth from undergoing humiliation, shock therapy, and vomit-inducing drugs, among other harmful so-called “treatments.” We praise New Jersey for acknowledging the serious ethical concerns as well as the lack of support for the conversion therapies from major medical associations. These treatments, in the words of Assemblyman Tim Eustace, are “an insidious form of child abuse.” We hope that New Jersey’s ban will send a loud and clear message to misled parents and opposition groups who support conversion therapy. LGBTQ youth deserve to be treated humanely and we applaud New Jersey for passing this legislation.
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