N.J. judge dismisses challenge to gay conversion ban

For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on gay conversion therapy.



The ruling in U.S. District Court in Trenton filed on Thursday rejects the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking treatment for their 15-year-old son.

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In November, the same judge dismissed another challenge to the law filed by a group of plaintiffs that included two licensed therapists who practice what is called “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts.”

Gov. Chris Christie signed a law last year banning gay conversion therapy, saying at the time that the potential health risks trumped concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice.

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