November 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm EST | by Staff reports
N.J. ‘ex-gay’ ban challenged
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure in August which bans ‘ex-gay’ therapy for minors. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

CAMDEN, N.J.—A New Jersey couple on Nov. 1 filed a lawsuit that claims the state’s law that bans gay conversion therapy to minors violates their constitutional rights.

The Associated Press reported the unidentified couple argues in the lawsuit they filed in U.S. District Court in Camden that the law Gov. Chris Christie signed in August prohibits them from seeking treatment for their teenage son. The plaintiffs further allege the statute violates their rights to freedom of speech and religion under the 14th Amendment.

The lawsuit comes nearly three months after the Liberty Counsel challenged New Jersey’s gay conversion ban.

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in August upheld a California law that bans gay reparative therapy to minors. Gay Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) last month introduced a bill that would ban the practice in the Keystone State.

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