This is what happens when intellectually lazy people attain high office. There’s no way that Chris Christie did his homework on this issue. And if by some chance he did, then he’s not intellectually lazy — he’s just not all that bright. From Dr. Michael Brown:
Despite his “concerns about [the] government limiting parental choice on the care and treatment of their own children,” Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a ban on ex-gay therapy for minors, thereby committing an outrageous act against both the people of New Jersey and his own Catholic faith.Buying into the standard gay activist talking points, Christie explained that “on issues of medical treatment for children we must look to experts in the field to determine the relative risks and rewards,” because of which he felt this government intrusion into doctor-patient relationships was justified.
As for Christie’s personal views, he stated, “I’ve always believed that people are born with the predisposition to be homosexual. And so I think if someone is born that way it’s very difficult to say then that’s a sin. But I understand that my church says that, but for me personally I don’t look at someone who is homosexual as a sinner.”
New Jersey is now the second state to sign a ban on “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) for those under 18, even with parental consent, following California (surprise!), although the California bill has already been challenged in the courts.
On a practical level, this means a 17-year-old girl who was raped at the age of 14 and now feels a repulsion toward men and an attraction toward women cannot seek professional help to get to the root of her feelings, even if her parents back her decision.
That same young woman, however, would be allowed to seek professional help to develop her lesbian identity, even without the backing of her parents.