Via The New Civil Rights Movement: Supreme Court Affirms New Jersey’s Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban:
The Supreme Court has refused to grant certiorare to a case that challenged a 2013 New Jersey law banning the use of so-called “conversion therapy” on minors.
The law was signed by Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, but it was challenged by practitioners of the controversial practice, who claim to have used it to successfully change the sexual orientation of their young patients. They claim the law violates their free speech and religious freedom rights.
In September, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law. The plaintiffs then appealed to the Supreme Court, hoping the court would agree to hear the case as a “religious freedom” issue. Today, Metro Weekly reports, the Supreme Court rejected their appeal without comment. This is the second time the court has refused to hear an appeal of a “conversion therapy” ban.
The High Court’s refusal to intervene means the law remains in place, and teenagers in New Jersey will continue to be protected from the barbaric practice of conversion therapy.
It doesn’t yet affect other states, but it sets a precedent that other states could put bans like this in place and they will be upheld in higher courts, which is good news. Getting a ban on conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth is on the agenda within the Indiana LGBT community.