Opponents Urge Rejection of Conversion Therapy Ban
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. May 6, 2013
Opponents of a bill to ban licensed therapists from counseling gay children to become straight are urging New Jersey lawmakers to reject the measure.
Gregory Quinlan with New Jersey Family First maintains that same-sex attraction can be the result of sexual molestation.
“We’d be denying that child the discovery of why they have those feelings which is why we’re calling this the Jerry Sandusky victimization act.’
That reference to the convicted former Penn State assistant football coach got a quick response from T-J Helmstetter with Garden State Equality.
“It takes a lot for me to be shocked in the state of New Jersey especially in dealing with the people that you just heard from and it is a new low.”
Gay rights groups say there’s no proven link between child molestation and homosexuality.
Opponents of the conversion therapy ban say it limits parental rights and the help that counselors can provide.
Tara King is the director of a counseling center in Brick Township. She says she used to be a lesbian and conversion counseling helped her go straight.
“There are lots of people who have one same sex relationship that are not gay and do not define themselves as gay and would benefit from counseling to find out what’s going on with them.”