Chris Christie Signs Pro-Gay Bill
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – who has emerged as the early establishment “Republican” favorite for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – signed a bill into law this week prohibiting therapists from trying to “convert” homosexual minors into heterosexuals.
New Jersey is the only state in the nation with such a ban currently in effect, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“California passed similar legislation, but it’s being challenged legally,” reporter Heather Haddon notes.
So-called “conversion therapy” will still be available to individuals over the age of eighteen, but the law is designed to prohibit parents (or other guardians) from enrolling minors in such “treatment” against their will.
We have no real problem with this legislation, because we believe everyone should be free to do pretty much as they please in their personal lives. Inasmuch as romantic feelings and desires for others are reciprocated, Americans ought to be able to choose whom they wish to be with – as well as the number, nature and duration of these associations.
Assuming they’re over the age of consent …
However, it is curious that government would move to block “heterosexual indoctrination” while at the same time requiring incoming college freshmen at taxpayer-subsidized institutions of higher learning to read books like this.
That strikes us as a bit hypocritical …
Discrimination and indoctrination are wrong no matter who is pushing the agenda – closed-minded bigots or politically correct bureaucrats. Which is why we believe the best policy to follow regarding sexual orientation is … no policy at all. Because it’s none of government’s business.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see how Christie’s support for this legislation impacts his favorability in early-voting states like Iowa and South Carolina, which feature large contingents of socially conservative voters.
We suspect it won’t help …