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N.J. governor Chris Christie now says he opposes ‘gay conversion therapy’

Friday, March 22, 2013

After initially stating that he was undecided on whether New Jersey should ban the controversial use of “gay conversion therapy,” Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he opposed the practice, but stopped short of taking a position on a bill that would ban the therapy on LGBT youth.

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“Governor Christie does not believe in conversion therapy,” spokesman Kevin Roberts said in a statement to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. “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.”

Just one day earlier, Christie told reporters that he only knows little about the practice, which is aimed at trying to “convert” gays to become straight.

Roberts declined to say why Christie changed his opinion overnight, which came just hours after Democratic challenger Barbara Buono slammed his indecision as “disgusting,”

“Gay children don’t need to be ‘cured,’” said Buono, a state senator from Middlesex, N.J.

Earlier this week, a state Senate panel advanced a bill that would prohibit licensed therapists from performing the controversial therapy any person under the age of 18.

Christie declined to indicate whether he’ll support the bill, and said that he won’t review the legislation until the final version is passed by state’s lawmakers.

The measure, S2278, is backed by the American Psychological Association’s research; opponents say a ban would infringe on parents’ ability to do what they think is best for their children.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. better late than never! ;)

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:57pm
  2. It’s a step…

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:57pm
  3. …off a short pier – hope he dies

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:58pm
  4. he’s getting somewhat better. Baby steps.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:58pm
  5. ill eat to that!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:59pm
  6. Since its ineffectualness has been explained to him, or since he was shown polls indicating how his ignorance could affect his popularity with voters?

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:59pm
  7. I’ve always heard that praying the gay away really work…jk! Freaking joke! My wife’s brother is a therapist who initially told her being gay wasn’t a choice and then turned around and told her parents that he could get her help for her problem! It is a shame

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:00pm
  8. Of course, Christie opposes “Gay Conversion”, and we do too! It does not work. He’s NOT getting somewhat better! He is getting progressively worse! I guess he is STILL EVOLVING!

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:03pm
  9. I think comments hoping for him to die are unnecessary.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:06pm
  10. He’s smart enough to know that Republican opposition to gay rights is rapidly becoming a losing proposition and that if he wants to run in 2016 he’d better start sucking up to the LGBT community now.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:09pm
  11. Well he will never convert to gaydom great news. Must be election time all trying to appease gay people

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:11pm
  12. A bigger flip flop then mittens

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:13pm
  13. Y’all need to calm down. The whole republican party hates this guy. Seems he actually attempts to use his brain every so often on a few issues. The more that Fox News hates him, the more I like him.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:19pm
  14. steps, little or big…in the right direction are still steps in the right direction~just sayin~

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:31pm
  15. Lol, he’s such an idiot.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:33pm
  16. better late than never.. but I don’t know that I could trust someone who even had to take time to think about this….it seems to me like he was just waiting to see how his decision would help or hurt his political career. I doubt he had an epiphany over night. I just don’t trust him.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:55pm
  17. oh really the same ass hat that denied marriage to loving couples in his stare. hyprocry at it,s finest

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:01pm
  18. It’s better that he changed his mind rather than stay with the status quo.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:39pm
  19. Lets let him change with the times. He is changing for whatever reason and I’ll take it. I just get so tired of bad news everywhere everyday. At least this doesn’t contribute to the bad news. Much better post then if it said he supports the therapy.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:42pm
  20. r

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:02pm
  21. Just loving all this Repugnican sucking up. They are SO transparent. Unfortunately some people won’t figure out what’s going on and will fall for it.

    Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:19pm