As California prepares to implement a ban on “reparative therapy” for minors struggling with same-sex attraction, New Jersey is gearing up to pass its own prohibition against the counseling therapy. The Los Angeles Times reported that California's state legislature passed its ban on “sexual-conversion therapy for minors,” and on August 30 sent the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature, which would make the state the first to restrict such options to minors.
Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu, who proposed the bill, called counseling that has helped countless individuals leave the homosexual lifestyle “junk science” that has been condemned by the American Psychiatric Association. During debate on the bill, openly homosexual state assemblyman Ricardo Lara spoke aggressively for its passage, declaring that “one of our number-one priorities in this house is to protect the next generation of Californians. And some of those are sissy boys. And some of those sissy boys grow up to be Assembly members. And some of those sissy boys need help. And we are here to stand with those sissy boys.”
Another openly homosexual legislator, Speaker of the State Assembly John Perez, said during debate on the bill that “it is inappropriate for anyone, including parents, to subject anybody to dehumanizing activity” — referring to the conversion therapy.
Opponents of the measure said the state should not be telling parents what they can or cannot do to help their children. “There are people who may want counseling on this,” said Republican State Senator Doug La Malfa, “and this legislation is so far reaching it eliminates the option. That’s not right.’’
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