New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has responded to criticism about his lack of support for the gay community when he expressed uncertainty about signing into law a ban on homosexual reparative therapy or “conversion” therapy.
That prompted a clear and concise statement through his spokesperson on his personal view of the controversial therapy in the Newark Star-Ledger: “Governor Christie does not believe in conversion therapy… 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.”
Much of the controversy seems to arise from supporters of gay & lesbian rights wanting absolute support of any measure they deem as promoting their agenda of civil rights.
On the other hand, Governor Christie must weigh the impact of any legislation on all constituents. When recently ask if he would sign a ban on “conversion” therapy, he expressed his sincere desire to give deference to parents on how they choose to raise their children.
He affirmed his general skepticism on bills which infringe on parental rights but gave room to an exception in the case of “conversion” therapy contingent upon learning more about it.
“I’m of two minds just on this stuff in general,” Christie said, as reported by the Star-Ledger. “Number one, I think there should be lots of deference given to parents on raising their children. … Generally philosophically, on bills that restrict parents ability to make decisions on how to care for their children, I’m generally a skeptic of those bills. Now, there can always be exceptions to those rules and this bill may be one of them.”
According to the Huffington Post, California is the only state that has outlawed conversion therapy, although a federal appeals court has put the ban’s implementation on hold.
Chris Christie Says He Does Not Believe In Gay Conversion Therapy