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NJ Assembly Panel Advances Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy: VIDEO


Yesterday, the New Jersey Assembly Women and Children's Committee advanced a bill that would ban gay conversion therapy for minors, the Star-Ledger reports:

Testimony from dueling mental health professionals and activists dominated the 2-1/2 hour hearing at the Statehouse, with proponents arguing the treatment has been discredited as ineffective and harmful to kids, and opponents insisting the bill tramples parental rights.

Before the hearing ended, John Tomicki of the League of American Families, called the bill unconstitutional, vowing "if we have to, we will bring a legal challenge."

The committee voted 5-0, with one abstention to approve the bill (A3371 ), sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen). It now moves to the full Assembly for a vote. The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee approved an identical bill in March.

Watch moments from the hearing in which gay teen Jacob Rudolph and Christopher Doyle, a man who claims to be "ex-gay", speak at the hearing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Parental Rights. The Right to mess up your gay kid.


    Posted by: Farley | Jun 14, 2013 2:44:16 PM

  2. I am in awe of the strength of some of our youth. Jacob Rudolph is an incredible young man.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 14, 2013 3:06:02 PM

  3. There are lots of regulation that 'trample' parents rights. They're in effect to supersede when parents do things that are harmful to their kids. Protecting kids from harm of any sort is what a caring society does.

    Let's see if Christie vetoes this legislation and asks for a public vote on it like he did marriage equality.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 14, 2013 3:10:55 PM

  4. There are some folks who should never, under any circumstances, be parents. Procreation is easy. Parenting isn't.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 14, 2013 3:22:08 PM

  5. Christopher Doyle says he's straight. So how on earth does a ban of gay "reparative therapy" for minors "marginalize his (straight) family"? That doesn't make any sense. Just as "reparative therapy" doesn't make any sense.

    Posted by: Peter M. | Jun 14, 2013 3:41:49 PM

  6. LMFAO! Doyle had a picture of David Pickup on his board of "changed" individuals. He's another closeted tool who pretends to have changed so that he can make money trying to convince confused gay men that "change is possible." He's suing the government of California because they banned "conversion therapy" to minors, which means his practice loses a lot of money.

    Take a look at the ad he ran looking for a "workout buddy" online.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jun 14, 2013 4:01:06 PM

  7. Now how about marriage equality?

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jun 14, 2013 4:49:06 PM

  8. I find this article revolting and UGH! The comment about the bill being "unconstitutional" is an absolute freakin' joke!! These morons think that banning their fake therapy is a constitutional issue, yet any rights for GLBT folks is not a constitutional issue....what is wrong with this picture?!?!!?

    Posted by: Bernie | Jun 14, 2013 7:03:54 PM

  9. @Brian in Texas
    Marriage equality passed both houses of the NJ legislature in 2012 and was vetoed by Governor Christie. There wasn't enough support at that time for a veto override but there is hope that after the June primaries a few more equality minded Republican legislators will vote for it. They have until Jan 2014 to override Christie's veto.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 14, 2013 8:03:48 PM

  10. The League of American Families sounds like something out of sponge bob or a comic book! What about MY family, should I form a league?

    Posted by: billmiller | Jun 15, 2013 8:43:25 AM

  11. But isn't the significant point that after listening to arguments for and against, the committee moved the motion forwards to the Full assembly?

    Jacob Rudolph is surely a hero of our times...

    Posted by: robert | Jun 15, 2013 12:47:29 PM

  12. that lying queen is basically saying this: "Stop proving that my life is a complete lie!!!!"

    No, sorry sugar. And that poor woman you married is one sad cow.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 15, 2013 2:09:02 PM

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