Yesterday, Maggie Gallagher blew a gasket over Gov. Chris Christie signing a bill to ban conversion therapy for minors in New Jersey. Then she unblew it by issuing a “major correction,” claiming that the original statement went out without her approval. Now, Gallagher is back. And she’s still angry with Chris Christie, but for a different reason. This time it’s for “banning chastity.”
“Governor Christie just endorsed a law that thus excludes many gay teens who wish to live in accordance with Bible-based values from the circle of care; he has outright banned chastity as a goal of counseling,” Gallagher complains. (Just to be clear, counselors can still tell gay teens to be chaste; they just can’t tell them to be straight.) “His bill is not only anti-religious, anti-liberty, and anti-family, it is anti-science because it does not permit scientific knowledge to evolve in the hands of competent professionals.”
So how is this so very different than the original statement, which had all the earmarks of something scrawled on a cocktail napkin still wet with rings from the daiquiri glass? Gallagher says she objected to the statement saying that gays are “tormented” by their sexual desire. In a window into Gallagher’s psyche that we would like to slam shut as quickly as possible, she believes that “as far as I can see for most men, of whatever orientation or state in life, being tormented by sexual desire is pretty much the human condition for long stretches of life, rather than an unbearable cause for condescending pity.”
So glad we cleared that up. Now Maggie can get back to alienating one of the few anti-marriage allies she has left in New Jersey.