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    Family sues New Jersey for right to put their child in gay conversion therapy

    A New Jersey couple is fighting to put their child in a discredited therapy to "cure" him of his sexual identity

    A New Jersey couple is suing their state over a law banning so-called gay conversion therapy, which they say is a violation of their free speech rights, freedom of religion and ability to parent their child “free from unconstitutional government interference,” which in this case means putting a 15-year-old high school student through a medically discredited pseudotherapy intended to “cure” him of his sexual and gender identity.


    According to the complaint, the couple’s teenage son began “experiencing gender identity disorder when he was around nine years old,” at which point he started to see a social worker who “helped him tremendously” with his gender identity and “unwanted same-sex attraction.”


    At the recommendation of this social worker, the family then contacted Ronald Newman, a member of the anti-gay Christian counseling group National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, but the state ban on the discredited practice prevented them from going forward with the counseling.


    “John Doe has a sincerely held religious belief and conviction that homosexuality is wrong and immoral, and he wanted to address that value conflict because his unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion are contrary to the fundamental religious values that he holds,” according to the complaint.


    The suit contends that the teenager has also struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts in the past, a sad and frightening fact since he doesn’t seem like he has the support necessary to seek the genuine help — including legitimate and medically credible therapy — that he needs anytime soon.



    Beyond Ex-Gay, a community of survivors of “sexual orientation change efforts” who abandoned the practice and the anti-gay, anti-trans worldview that comes with it, surveyed its members to find the top ten reasons they entered ex-gay therapy in the first place, all of which, sadly, seem to be echoed in this case:



    • To be a better Christian.
    • I believed it was what God wanted me to do.
    • I feared I would be condemned by God.
    • The desire to fit in with everyone, to feel “normal.”
    • Cultural pressure to conform to heterosexuality.
    • Desire to please family and friends.
    • I feared I would go to hell for being gay.
    • Fear of losing family and friends.
    • Misinformation of what it meant to be gay.
    • Self-hatred & internalized homophobia.
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    That poor kid.
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    Sad. How is this Christian? So many childless couples would have been so happy and accepting to raise this child. Cruel.
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    I would like to see the state step in and consider removing the child from the home.
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    I hate to say it, but this poor kid will probably commit suicide before age 25.
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    Greys-I thought the exact same thing. I'm not sure how anyone could come out of this okay.
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    Count me in thinking he won't make it. I cannot imagine what it's like to be inside your own head being taught that what you are is evil. Just want to give that young man a hug and let him figure out who he is with out 24/7 hate.
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    I'm not surprised that living with these patents that he's already tried & has depression. Poor kid!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sluce View Post
    I would like to see the state step in and consider removing the child from the home.


    Bring him to my crib. He'd be loved so much and he can be as out and proud as he wants to be. My church has classes for it's gay youth and helps them be happy with themselves and how to deal with assholes that tell them they are going to hell for being gay, and lets them learn/know that Jesus loves EVERYONE. i hope this young man can be placed in a loving accepting home. His parents are a pair of shitheads!!
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    Honeythorn, I live your church, that is how church should be in my mind!
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    I love my church. it's a Calvary church out here in my lil piece of the desert. Our pastor even walks with a group of us and some of the kids in the pride parades in L.A. or San Diego. He is a gay supporter and it really grinds his gears when people say that Jesus/God said that being gay is a sin. He will challange anyone to show him where in the Bible that either one actually said those words. Jesus nor God never said those words..Paul did and if you tell our Pastor otherwise, you can talk to the hand.
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