Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill on Monday that bans gay conversion therapy in the state of New Jersey.
Christie said that he believes people are born gay and that it isn’t a sin. That view isn’t shared by the Catholic church, which Christie is a member of. The Catholic church believes that homosexual acts are a sin. Christie went on to say that he doesn’t believe that children should be exposed to a therapy that can result in health risk such as depression and suicide. The bill was backed by openly-gay assemblyman, Tim Eustace, who believes that gay conversion therapy is a form of child abuse. Christie previously vetoed gay marriage, instead showing his support for New Jersey’s civil union law. The civil union law awards homosexual couples the same rights as married couples, reports the Associated Press.
“We may disagree with the governor on the issue of marriage, but it’s good to see that we see eye-to-eye when it comes to the dangers of nonsensical ‘ex-gay’ therapy and treating all life with dignity,” Log Cabin Republicans, a GOP gay rights group, told USA Today.
Russia passed a law in June that makes openly gay activities in the country illegal.
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