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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie undecided on proposed ban on ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

STONE HARBOR, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that he is undecided on whether the state should ban the controversial use of “gay conversion therapy.”

A state Senate panel on Monday advanced a bill that would prohibit licensed therapists from performing controversial therapy aimed a converting minors from gay to heterosexual.

Chris Christie

Christie told reporters that he only knows little about the method. He said that he had yet to look at the bill and, as is his custom, won’t review the legislation until the final version is passed by state’s lawmakers.

“I’m of two minds just on this stuff in general,” said Christie.

“Number one, I think there should be lots of deference given to parents on raising their children. I don’t — this is a general philosophy, not to his bill — 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.”

The measure, S2278, is backed by the American Psychological Association’s research, and if passed, would prohibit counseling that seeks to change the sexual orientation for any person under the age of 18.

Opponents said a ban would infringe on parents’ ability to do what they think is best for their children.

Reporters also asked Christie about Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s decision last week to support same-sex marriage after his son revealed to him he is gay. While he still opposes same-sex marriage, Christie praised Portman, a fellow Republican.

“But as far as how it affects my view, no,” Christie said, “because that question implies that somehow this is a political judgment and for me it’s not.”

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41 more reader comments:

  1. His decision could effect his bid if he decides to run in 2016

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:02pm
  2. how many people are glbt in his state..how many elected him governor..how many have been helping to rebuild from sandy..how many are doctors and nurses and firemen and emt. i think he needs to take that into consideration

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:03pm
  3. Peckerhead.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:03pm
  4. It’s like, deciding to ban weight-watchers or not – it doesn’t work either…as he can attest to!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:03pm
  5. If he doesn’t die of something related to morbid obesity first… (fingers are crossed)

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:04pm
  6. he’s a big supporter of donut therapy though

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:04pm
  7. maybe he wants to keep his options open in case he needs to use it for a future child of his.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:04pm
  8. Interesting, but not surprising. I’m curious to see how this will play out.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:04pm
  9. Do the right thing, Governor Chris Christie.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:04pm
  10. hes having to think about it? really? gay conversion therapy is like Oxiclean, the shit doesn’t work!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:04pm
  11. He cant run in 2016 he can barely walk how the hell is he going to run

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:05pm
  12. Whatever!:b

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:05pm
  13. omg how can you be undecided get out of all those republicans pockets and go with what you know is right. come on

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:06pm
  14. How anyone can condone this type of “THERAPY” is beyond me.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:06pm
  15. Seriously he needs to consider a low carb diet

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:07pm
  16. Homophobic jackass.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:07pm
  17. Mary: at the risk of straw manning, he doesn’t appear to be condoning it. There’s a difference between saying “I think A should be legal” and “people should do A”.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:08pm
  18. Undecided? Cmon…either you believe you can Pray the Gay away, or NOT. No middle man there. Jezz. Double talking assholes

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:09pm
  19. stop fat phobla! :p

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:09pm
  20. undecided? Are you kidding me, Chrsitie?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:14pm
  21. Unbelievable ignorance. How this stupidity got to be a governor? All the scientific facts shows gay is as natural as genetic drift and population genetics. Amazing stupidity at work.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:15pm
  22. BAN it, it has not done one good deed for anyone.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:17pm
  23. It’s like this for him…….sprinkles or no sprinkles, hmmmmm. I can’t decide!?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:18pm
  24. not a toug h choice MENTAL abuse or not ?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:21pm
  25. Idiot!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:22pm
  26. Feed him another donut and we won’t have to worry about him much longer.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:23pm
  27. Why in the world would a gay person support anyone that’s associated with a party that sneaks 3 million dollars into a fund fighting their own equal treatment while publicly touting a message of fiscal prudence? After manufacturing a war they put on the credit card for 10 years, only to point at the black guy when the nations economy crumbles?

    Voting for Christie would be like voting for the toady instead of the bully in that regard. Don’t drink the Kool-aide at Fox News.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:30pm
  28. Conversion therapy worked for me. Then I woke up from the dream and thought huh that’s weird…guess it’s time to have sex with my girlfriend.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:32pm
  29. Im hoping he will do the right thing.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:32pm
  30. Christie seems to have a heart, if you live in New Jersey contact him

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:39pm
  31. It’s a common sense YES or NO question…and one a 6th grader knows the answer to. Yes already. Ban that crap

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:43pm
  32. Bigoted as he ever has been.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:44pm
  33. Fat Fuck.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:46pm
  34. Bozo!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:03pm
  35. Gutless!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:30pm
  36. Fat head indeed.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:39pm
  37. @Tyler Alan Baumann… This heartless hypocrite Vetoed our Marriage Equality Bill!
    I only expect the worst from him as a NJ Resident…

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 12:20am
  38. definition of idiocy

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 2:47am
  39. Really? You’re undecided about a ‘ex-gay’ therapy? Come on Christie that’s like you seeking assistance on NOT being loud and straight.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 4:47am
  40. Hey, Gov. Krispy Kreme….pull up your big-boy pants and grow some balls, please.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 5:18am
  41. How can he be “undecided” with all the scientific provable data available? Once again, here is prima facie evidence that stupidity is rampant and incurable.

    Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 5:56am