New Jersey governor to sign ban on gay conversion therapy
TRENTON (AP) - New Jersey is set to become the second US state to ban licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, with Governor Chris Christie signing a bill on Monday barring so-called conversion therapy.
California, the country's most populous state, already has banned the practice, which gay rights groups say is damaging to young people because it tells them it is not acceptable to be whoever they are.
Some social conservatives say a ban on the counseling would limit the ability of parents to do what they think is best for their children.
In a signing note accompanying the bill that will be made public on Monday, the Republican governor said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith.