(ABC NEWS) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today signed a bill banning so-called gay conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, or the practice of trying to change a person’s orientation to heterosexual from homosexual.
Christie had previously said that while he opposes the practice, he did not want the government to interfere with parents’ decisions about how to care for their children. He had not said whether he would sign the bill passed by the state legislature in June.
In a statement today, however, Christie said, “At the outset of this debate, I expressed my concerns about government limiting parental choice on the care and treatment of their own children. I still have those concerns. Government should tread carefully into this area, and I do so here reluctantly. I have scrutinized this piece of legislation with that concern in mind.”