Monday morning, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill to outlaw gay conversion therapy to minors, making New Jersey the second state to sign such a bill, with California being the first state.
In his signing statement he said:
The American Psychological Association has found that efforts to change sexual orientations can pose critical health risks including, but not limited to, depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts. I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.
This likely won’t go over well with the Bachmann wing of the Republican party.
The bill passed the Senate in July, but still needed Christie’s approval.
While this is great, Christie’s views when it comes to gays tend to be all over the place. On one end, he believes one can be born gay, and he doesn’t feel it’s a sin while also not feeling there is a such thing as “fixing” gay people, hence signing this particular bill. On the other end, he was for DOMA and he’s never been much of a supporter of the supreme Court’s ruling a few months ago and he’s all for sticking with just civil unions.
This bill adds to a busy couple of weeks for New Jersey Legislation, adding to working on a medical marijuana bill for sick minors , signing lots of gun bills and a veto on banning the manufacturing of a specific gun.