Conversion Controversy: N.J. Court Upholds Ban on Anti-Gay Therapy Aimed at Minors
A federal court in New Jersey upheld the state’s ban on “conversion therapy” for minors yesterday. U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson rejected a claim by two New Jersey parents that the ban violated the Constitution by prohibiting them from choosing the therapy for their child, who, they said, suffers from “unwanted” same-sex attractions.
As reported by a local NBC affiliate, Wolfson wrote in Does v. Christie, “Surely, the fundamental rights of parents do not include the right to choose a specific medical or mental health treatment that the state has reasonably deemed harmful or ineffective.”
She added, “To find otherwise would create unimaginable and unintentional consequences.”
It’s the second time Wolfson has upheld the ban. She earlier ruled for the state in King v. Christie, a separate case brought by two therapists who argued the law violated their constitutional right to practice the therapy. Like the parents behind yesterday’s failed suit, these therapists told the court that the ban violated their religious liberty rights.
Religious Right-backed “ex-gay” ministries have been around for a long time. They’re anchored in that old-time religion - and they usually don’t succeed in changing a person’s sexual orientation.