Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:16

Will Governor Chris Christie Veto 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban In New Jersey?

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New Jersey is on the right track to become the second state, after California, to ban therapies for minors known as "reparative" or "ex-gay". The question which arises from now on is to know if Governor Chris Christie, in case the legislators approve the ban, will veto the law as he previously did for marriage equality.

The first hearings were planned to start today. In principle, considering the legislature is controlled by Democrats, one can think the law will be passed. But Governor Christie?

"The governor likes to play that he’s a conservative, a staunch conservative, Senate President Steve Sweeney, who sponsor the bill, said. "I would hope that he wouldn’t do that. You have young people, their civil rights are being violated by trying to force them into being someone that they’re not."

It will take time before this law takes effect but Sweeney specified he and advocates are already working to secure the two-thirds majority in the legislature to override the veto.

Let's also don't forget the state elections which will take place in 2013 and if you want to be re-elected in a democratic state, I don't think vetoing this law will be a good idea.