TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight.
With Christie’s signature on Monday, New Jersey became the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California.
The bill passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support in June. Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who sponsored the bill and is openly gay, described the therapy as “an insidious form of child abuse.”
In a signing note accompanying the bill that will be made public Monday, Christie said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith, which teaches that homosexual acts are sins.