New Jersey Latest State to Ban 'Gay Conversion Therapy'

Updated: 08/19/2013 10:40 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart





On Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie banned a therapy method that claims to "cure gay children and teens."

Governor Christie says he's always believed that people are born with the predisposition to be homosexual and that homosexuality is not a sin.
     
He signed a bill barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight.

Governor Christie cited the American Psychological Association's finding that trying to turn someone from gay to straight poses a serious health risk, depression, substance abuse and even suicide.

New Jersey and California are now the only two states to ban so-called gay conversion therapy.
     
The bans are only for minors, this type of therapy remains perfectly legal for adults.

In fact, some men say the gay conversion therapy has worked for them.
     
When ABC news visited a gay conversion camp near Houston in 2010, they met a man who said the therapy helped suppress his urges to be with men. That man says he is now happily married to a woman.