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NOM's Maggie Gallagher Doubles Down On Anti-Gay Comments After NJ Conversion Therapy Ban

Maggie2It was simply a matter of time before Maggie Gallagher, one of NOM's resident anti-gay pundits, issued a reaction condemning Chris Christie's recent decision to sign a law banning ex-gay conversion therapy for minors in the state of New Jersey. However, after being quoted once and denying the initial reports, Gallagher seemed to then confirm the initial statement she had previously denied.

The day after Christie signed the bill, Buzzfeed reported on certain reactionary comments allegedly made by Gallagher: 

“The new law communicates to gays and lesbians seeking to conform their lives to their values that they are second-glass [sic] citizens, without the same right to seek help that other people enjoy. It is a right of self-determination that Gov. Christie has shut down...Governor Christie’s decision today violates the individual drive of men and women who no longer want to be tormented by unwanted homosexual desires. They are adults and should be free to seek out help for themselves with government interference."

Cnn_christieGallagher later denied those statements in her column for National Review Online, calling the report a "staff error". When clarifying her stance on the issue, however, her actual comments did not prove to be drastically different. 

"Governor Chris Christie has just put his name to a bill that uses the power of government to strip both parents and teenagers of the right to seek competent, professional help to live their life in accordance with their own values. The bill does not ban a specific kind of destructive therapy; it is a blanket ban on any licensed counseling professional helping any teenager who does not wish to act on gay (or transgender) desire. Not only efforts to change orientation but efforts to change behavior are forbidden, under penalty of law.

"Governor Christie just endorsed a law that thus excludes many gay teens who wish to live in accordance with Bible-based values from the circle of care; he has outright banned chastity as a goal of counseling. His bill is not only anti-religious, anti-liberty, and anti-family, it is anti-science because it does not permit scientific knowledge to evolve in the hands of competent professionals."

As was noted by ThinkProgress, Gallagher attempts to distinguish between harmful conversion/reparative therapy and the type that actually proves psychologically harmful to its subjects. However, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association (the entity quoted by Governor Christie in his statement on Monday) do not make the same distinction, and argue that all forms for such therapy are potentially harmful. Also, the New Jersey bill makes no mention of chastity.

"Chastity is a religious-cultural concept, not one with any connection to mental health, let alone 'scientific knowledge.' Thus, nobody should have ever had the expectation that it could be 'a goal of counseling.'"

Thus, one has to wonder precisely what Gallagher means with her statement and exactly where she is getting her "facts". 

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  1. Wow, she is steadily gaining weight. Some brain clot must be working his way into her opinions.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Aug 21, 2013 8:25:01 PM

  2. Hmm ... perhaps she could avail herself of counseling (or therapy) that turns fat people into thin people.

    Posted by: jctsf | Aug 21, 2013 8:32:04 PM

  3. Here's a thought: could Maggie Gallagher and Chris Christie actually be one and the same person? Have they ever been seen together at the same place? Hmm...

    Posted by: pixelasian | Aug 21, 2013 8:32:59 PM

  4. She's quite wrong on the facts, depending on which statement you read:

    The law does not ban any counseling for adults.

    The law only bans licensed psychotherapists from treating minors for "neurotic or psychotic same sex attractions", not other sex related neuroses. Nor does it ban non-professional counseling.

    The ban is a bit misleading since there are few professional psychologists that were offering conversion therapy to begin with. The practice died off in the nineties. What replaced it was church based "interventions" which are completely non-professional.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 21, 2013 8:35:11 PM

  5. MAGGIE GALLAGHER could use conversion therapy herself.

    Posted by: Rafael | Aug 21, 2013 8:39:46 PM

  6. Yurk!!! I can't look at its face. Very much science-fiction...sort of Jaba-The-Hut. It looks like it smells really bad.

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 21, 2013 8:51:40 PM

  7. Maggie the glutton- there is a ham sandwich somewhere with your name on it.....

    You are a delusional sad woman falling into obscurity. However you have harmed so many people with your Christofascist bs.

    Posted by: nick | Aug 21, 2013 9:04:03 PM

  8. Ms. Gallagher doesn't deal in facts. She deals in Vatican approved religious fascist propaganda. Anything coming out of her mouth is generally spewing trash dogma that has been condensed for the 80 minus IQ set who go to catholic church 3 times a week, work at Chik-Fil-A, and live to make other people's lives miserable.

    Posted by: Michael Barber | Aug 21, 2013 9:04:55 PM

  9. I want to watch maggie & christie mud wrestle naked for a while, then bang like bunnies still wet & muddy. I'm in Northern California, so if they do it in Jersey...I could see it from my roof with good binoculars.
    Well, why not...I can see the gray whales off the Monterrey coast from here if I squint.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Aug 21, 2013 10:16:49 PM

  10. Maggie's trying to compete with Christie in the Obesity Olympics, moved from Sochi because the Russian winter would result in too many calories being burned off.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 21, 2013 10:17:34 PM

  11. When a boulder plummets from a great height and lands in mud - one gets the same effect. Soon the eyes will disappear altogether...with an awful sucking sound.

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 21, 2013 10:28:01 PM

  12. Chris Christie is way too conservative, on many issues, for me, but he attempts to be a problem solver and is not an ideologue. He is probably the only Republican who has a chance of winning the White House in 2016. Fortunately for the Democrats, the Republican Party, now under the control of extremists, won't give him their nomination.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 21, 2013 10:37:10 PM

  13. I was wondering what new subject she'd start giving her uninformed opinions about now that she's obviously losing on the marriage front.

    Posted by: Fox | Aug 21, 2013 11:16:31 PM

  14. OMG Maggie! Your neck just swallowed your chin! Girl. You need some gay to fix you right up....

    Posted by: UrbanMike | Aug 22, 2013 12:14:43 AM

  15. During the marriage debate maggie repeated ad nauseam that she had no problem with gays, she was just obsessed with marriage, hence the "M" in NOM. I wonder how she justifies this complete 180, lashing out at gay legislation that has nothing at all to do with marriage.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Aug 22, 2013 1:09:20 AM

  16. Is it my imagination, or has Maggie been grazing at Old Country Buffet a bit too much? She seems a bit "bulkier" than I recall. Oh, and that hair color is doing nothing for you...go back to fake blonde #3...much more you. Glad to see your bitterness and hatred are as strong as ever! Nope, no room for Jesus in Maggie's heart...to filled with hate for Jesus.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Aug 22, 2013 4:26:43 AM

  17. Poor Maggie. So distant from the factual reality we all seem to live with. If she isn't in the spotlight, she's just unhappy.
    As some of the "viewers" out there have commented, this is a law against conversion therapy for kids and teens by professionals. It is not a law prohibiting or regarding adult therapy. And PA, NY and DE are right across from our borders. It doesn't prohibit parents from seeking therapy in those places.
    New York is working on this but they aren't there yet but may be soon. Let's hope.
    On another note, let's keep the fat and other physical, personal criticisms out of the discussion. I'm pretty sure there are LGBT folks in our ranks who are fat, or not pretty or not as handsome or don't dress fashionably as we all think we should or would like.

    Posted by: JT | Aug 22, 2013 8:22:37 AM

  18. She losing it more every day. Her marriage campaigns are failing, NOM is getting busted in state and state, and she decides to switch to the ex-gay thing? That has always been a big loser issue. But hey - whatever floats her boat.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Aug 22, 2013 9:13:32 AM

  19. Maggie Gallagher has writes a column for National Review Online?

    Oh, my Lord! That whizzing sound you hear is William F. Buckley spinning in his grave.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 22, 2013 11:46:09 AM

  20. It's simple, RJ: If the religious cow, Maggie Gallagher, ain't getting any biblically-sanctioned, matrimonial nookie, then no gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, intergender, etc., is entitled to sex, either, viz a viz her sometimes affirmed, sometimes denied, statements on religiously-principled chastity. What a maroon she IS!...

    Posted by: Koskalaka Maricón | Aug 22, 2013 7:23:13 PM

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