The New Jersey State Senate has passed a bill that would ban the use of gay conversion therapy for minors on a 28-9 vote. The State Assembly already passed the bill, so it now goes to Gov. Chris Christie. Christie says he opposes the therapy but he has not said if he will sign the measure.
The impetus for the bill came after Jacob Rudolph, whose coming-out video went viral earlier this year, started an online petition to ban the practice. Earlier in the spring, the Senate health committee heard testimony from opponents of the practice, including Rudolph, who told the committee, “I am not broken. I am not confused. I do not need to be ‘fixed.’
With his latest comments on DOMA, Christie hasn’t exactly shown himself to be gay friendly, so it will be interesting to see whether he puts the interests of LGBT youth over his own potential political ambitions.