Christie Gay Therapy

A day after Governor Christie said he was undecided on whether to sign a bill that would ban “gay conversion therapy” for minors in New Jersey, his likely Democratic challenger called on him to outlaw the practice in the state.
Sen. Barbara Buono, D-Middlesex, a sponsor of the bill that would prohibit parents from sending their children to conversion therapy to cure them of homosexuality, said she was disappointed that Christie didn’t call for a ban when he was asked about the bill at an event on Wednesday.
Christie’s office responded to Buono’s remarks by issuing a statement emphasizing that the governor “does not believe in conversion therapy,” and is undecided only on whether he supports the bill, which is moving
through the state Senate.
The Senate Health Committee approved the measure at a hearing Monday, sending it to the full Senate for a vote. Witnesses at the hearing described brutal attempts to “convert” them from gay to straight. But supporters of conversion therapy said they want to maintain the right of parents to send their children for such treatments.
Asked about the bill on Wednesday, Christie said he didn’t know much about the practice and that he wouldn’t take a position on the bill until it gets to his desk because measures often change as they work their way through the Legislature. He also said he wanted to talk to proponents and opponents of the measure.
“Generally, philosophically on bills that restrict parents’ ability to make decisions on how to care for their children, I’m generally a skeptic of those bills,” he said. “Now there can always be exceptions to those rules, and this bill could be one of them.”
Buono’s campaign seized on his comments, raising the issue in a conference call with reporters on Thursday and in an email seeking campaign contributions.
“The whole premise of having gay conversion therapy is based on the long-discredited belief that homosexuality is a form of a mental disorder that can be cured,” she said during the call. “That our governor would dignify that with the response that he gave is just shocking to me.”

Source : North Jersey