In NJ Conversion Therapy Lawsuit, A Teenage Boy Begs To Continue Counseling for His "Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions"
Doe's mother and father make the same points. Jane Doe recounts her worry and fear starting when, as a young child, her son began drawing the Little Mermaid on scraps of paper and dressing up in "princess costumes." With his current therapist, she says, "We have noticed significant changes in our son, such as the fact that he exhibits more traditional male characteristics. Our son has told me and his father that he no longer experiences his unwanted same-sex attractions as frequently as he did prior to counseling."
Jack Doe, the boy's father, says that in therapy the family has "learned together there is no such thing as a 'perfect man.'" With his counseling, Jack Doe says, his son is "establishing healthy friendships with other teen boys," and is "actively involved with martial arts and swimming while pursuing his artistic interests."
"The current New Jersey legislation makes it illegal for us to seek and continue within New Jersey the type of therapy that has been so helpful for my son's journey towards becoming a young man who is happy, healthy, and has high self-esteem," the senior Doe concludes. "For the health of my son, this legislation has to be overturned."
If California is any guide, that's not likely to be the case. Despite the Liberty Counsel's intensive legal efforts, the conversion therapy ban there was recently upheld. Both cases may ultimately wind up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Liberty Counsel's entire, very long motion follows on the next page; the affidavits from the Doe family begin on page 109.