By Susan K. Livio
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take a case that sought to overturn a New Jersey law banning conversion therapy — a medically discredited practice of attempting to change a child’s sexual orientation from gay to straight.
Licensed therapists in New Jersey have been prohibited since 2013 from engaging in reparative or conversion therapy for minors.
Then-Gov. Chris Christie signed the law citing statements from the American Psychological Association that said the practice “can pose critical health risks including, but not limited to, depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.”
But Liberty Counsel, a national religious legal organization, asked the nation’s highest court for a chance to prove New Jersey’s law violates the free speech rights of counselors who believe the treatment works.