In NJ Conversion Therapy Lawsuit, A Teenage Boy Begs To Continue Counseling for His "Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions"
At the end of August, two therapists in New Jersey sued the state over its recently signed ban on "conversion therapy," a practice which purports to turn gay people straight. In new affidavits filed with the court last week, a 15-year-old boy and his parents say that conversion therapy had been life-saving for him. They ask that he be allowed to continue trying to rid himself of his "unwanted same-sex attractions," which they believe are the cause of his suicidal thoughts.
Photo via NJ.gov New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who signed the conversion therapy ban August 19
The therapists suing the state, Dr. Tara King and Dr. Ron Newman, were joined in the suit by the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, the main supporter of conversion therapy these days and the group they both belong to, as well as the American Association of Christian Counselors. They're all represented by the Liberty Counsel, who often represent anti-abortion and anti-gay causes, and who are fighting a similar ban in California. And while most of the case has been about whether the New Jersey ban restricts free speech or prevents harmful pseudo-scientific treatments, these affidavits shine a light on the motivations of people who seek out conversion therapy.More »