Bill banning gay "conversion therapy" sent to Chris Christie

The state legislature approved legislation to prohibit the practice earlier this week

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 28, 2013 8:20PM (EDT)

A New Jersey bill that would ban therapists from providing gay "conversion therapy" to minors has passed out of both chambers of the state legislature, and will now head to Gov. Chris Christie's desk for signing.

The Star-Ledger reports:

The Senate approved the bill (A3371), 28-9; the Assembly passed it Monday. It now heads to the governor's desk for consideration.

Gov. Chris Christie has publicly stated his opposition to conversion therapy, so supporters are hopeful he will sign it into law. Opponents say the bill violates the rights of parents to make decisions for their children.

If Christie signs the bill into law, New Jersey will become the second state to ban the practice, after California.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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