A Ban on Converting Gay Kids?

NJ lawmakers to vote on "conversion therapy" bill

Monday, Jun 24, 2013  |  Updated 6:05 AM EDT
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A Ban on Converting Gay Kids?

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Both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature are expected to vote on a bill that would ban licensed therapists from trying to convert gay minors into heterosexuals.

The idea of what is sometimes called “conversion therapy” has increasingly drawn criticism.

Gay rights groups say the practice is damaging to young people, but some social conservatives say the bill would infringe on the rights of parents to do what they think is best.

The legislative votes are scheduled for Monday.

Last year, California became the first state to ban the practice. But a judge halted implementation amid arguments about the law's constitutionality.

Last week, the leader of Orlando, Fla.-based Exodus International apologized to the gay community for years of providing the counseling.

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