According to CNN, Gov. Chris Christie will sign legislation today banning gay conversion therapy for minors, becoming the second state — behind California — to do so.
The New Jersey Senate passed a bill banning the controversial practice back in June, but at the time Christie’s cooperation was still up in the air.
Christie, a centrist Republican and potential presidential candidate, is expected to note his wariness of the “government limiting parental choice on the care and treatment of their own children,” but he will side with the experts on this particular issue.
From an advanced copy of Christie’s statement, obtained by CNN:
“The American Psychological Association has found that efforts to change sexual orientations can pose critical health risks including, but not limited to, depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts. I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.”