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Supreme Court rejects hearing arguments on same sex attraction therapy ban

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WASHINGTON – Like Illinois, the state of New Jersey passed a law banning counselors from offering therapy to patients under 18 who have unwanted same sex attractions, even if they or their parents request it.

Monday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the ban, declining to hear a lawsuit filed by Liberty Counsel on behalf of a New Jersey minor.

"By refusing to hear the challenge, minors in New Jersey now have no freedom to seek counseling consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs," Liberty Counsel said in a statement. "Moreover, by allowing the case to stand, there remains a conflict among the federal circuit courts of appeal on the First Amendment speech claims of the counselors and the clients."

The case was originally set for conference before all nine Justices in January, but rather than deciding at that time whether to hear the case, the Court reset the matter for conference on February 19. When the Court reset the case for a second conference, Supreme Court watchers began speculating that the Court would decide to hear the case, and thus the case became closely watched by Supreme Court experts.

In the meantime, Justice Scalia died unexpectedly. Since his public viewing occurred on February 19, the follow up conference was moved to last Friday. There is no indication one way or another whether Justice Scalia's absence on the Court contributed to the announcement today not to hear the case. 

Liberty Counsel challenged New Jersey's prohibition on change therapy on behalf of a minor, who was receiving such counseling, and his parents, who sought help for their son to live his life according to the dictates of his conscience and his religious beliefs and values.

Prior to receiving this counseling, John Doe dealt with daily thoughts of suicide and depression. As a result of his counseling, however, John Doe was thriving and never dealt with anxiety, depression, or thoughts of suicide.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. What did you expect from the fascist five on SCOTUS… Judaical tyranny is here to stay, at least until the revolution.
    “The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means to declare that the government may commit crimes would bring terrible retribution.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis, (1856-1941) US Supreme Court Justice, Olmstead v. United States, 277 US 438, 1928

  2. There’s no link, so no details, but the NJ ban I believe covers licensed therapists. Ex-gay therapy has been denounced by every major medical and mental health association in the country. It doesn’t work and being LGBT does not need a “cure.” Attempts to change sexual orientation do not work and actually cause harm to the people that undergo them.

  3. Tell the truth and stop trying to deceive people. Therapy can and does help people stop the irrational behavior. No one is born homosexual, they have a mental disorder that screams for therapy. No one says homosexuals are born homosexuals. Narc, how do you know therapy doesn’t work, just because it maybe didn’t work for you doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. You have to be willing to change your behavior. Some people wallow in homosexual depravity because they have been damaged physiologically.

  4. Its hateful to keep people from seeking therapy for their mental problem. No one has to choose a same-sex partner, all behavior is a choice. Mental health professionals can help homosexuals change their sexual preference to one that is normal and in harmony with the laws of nature.
    Transgenders need therapy to stop living in denial of their biological reality, their disorder is similar to to a dangerously thin person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are fat.