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NJ Governor's Office Clarifies: Chris Christie Does Not Believe in 'Gay Conversion Therapy'

Following outrage over his remarks on Wednesday that he was still on the fence about 'gay conversion therapy' with regard to a bill under consideration by the New Jersey legislature to ban it, Governor Chris Christie's office clarified his stance on the issue, the Asbury Park Press reports:

ChristieLate Thursday afternoon, Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts said the governor doesn’t support gay conversion therapy.

“Gov. Christie does not believe in conversion therapy,” Roberts said. “There is no mistaking his point of view on this when you look at his own prior statements where he makes clear that people’s sexual orientation is determined at birth.”

Christie's remarks on Wednesday that he was "undecided" on the issue had many scratching their heads:

[Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono], a Middlesex County state senator, told reporters that Christie’s remarks on the topic Wednesday in Stone Harbor were “disgusting” and intolerant because he didn’t oppose forcing gay teens into therapy, which critics say can be akin to child abuse.

“The governor said that he doesn’t know much about gay conversion therapy,” Buono said. “Well, I don’t know how much more you need to know to form an opinion. I was shocked at the stunning level of ignorance that that statement showed. 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. That our governor would dignify that with the response that he gave is just shocking to me.”

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  1. "Gov. Christie does not believe in conversion therapy..." yeah, especially when there is an outcry about his comments and he sees which way the wind is blowing.

    Does this man have any core of beliefs or are they subject to feedback and polls ?
    Is everything he says just the tokanism of the moment, he seems at best a mere weather vane.
    Let's not rely on him to lead any campaign that requires backbone.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 22, 2013 8:54:55 AM


  2. "Does this man have any core of beliefs or are they subject to feedback and polls ?"

    He's an elected official with an R after his name. Is this a trick question of some sort?

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 22, 2013 9:42:11 AM


  3. "“There is no mistaking his point of view on this when you look at his own prior statements"

    So this whole flap was caused by idiots who couldn't divine that info?

    If politicians would simply and clearly STATE their position instead of leaving it to people to divine by combing through past statements there would likely be no problems with mistaken points of view.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Mar 22, 2013 9:46:07 AM


  4. Yeah, thanks for the "clarification."

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 22, 2013 10:09:05 AM


  5. @ LYMIS :

    Hee Hee

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 22, 2013 10:31:27 AM


  6. OK, so let me get this straight (so to speak). Chris Christie doesn't believe that "ex-gay" conversion therapy works, that it isn't possible to make gay people straight with pseudo-scientific religious "treatment."

    So it only follows that if it doesn't work then gay teenagers are being subjected to sham "science" by their parents, unregulated quackery which creates potentially deadly psychic stress in vulnerable youth. And as we all know many gay youth have killed themselves due to the stress.

    But he's STILL on the fence about whether parents can make their kids go for this treatment anyway?!

    I wonder what he'd think if parents were forcing their obese kids to undergo potentially deadly liposuction or gastric bypass against their will?

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 22, 2013 11:02:23 AM


  7. @Caliban - To take it one step further, if Christie doesn't believe that conversion therapy works, and that sexual orientation is determined at birth, then why is he preventing gay people from marrying in NJ? If our "condition" is predetermined and immutable, why aren't we worthy of the same rights as those afflicted with that other un-treatable condition: heterosexuality?

    Posted by: Keppler | Mar 22, 2013 11:43:35 AM


  8. Parents force gay conversion (ex gay) programs on their child as a threat. If they child does not endure the ex gay programs, they get kicked out of the home! It is the most vile form of child abuse and mentally drains our gay youth who have NO ONE to stand up for them

    Posted by: Todd | Mar 23, 2013 3:32:58 AM


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