A New Jersey couple is suing Gov. Chris Christie for signing a law that prohibits gay conversion therapies to children. The couple claims their constitutional rights are being infringed because the law is preventing them to seek conversion treatment for their son who suffers from ““unwanted gender identity disorder and unwanted same-sex attractions.”
The parents filed suit in federal court Friday arguing that the law violates their rights of free speech, religious and also their 14th Amendment right to equal protection.
“[The law] is denying minors the opportunity to pursue a particular course of action that can help them address the conflicts between their religious and moral values and same-sex attractions, behaviors or identity,” the family say in the suit, according to AP.
The lawsuit says the teen has also contemplated suicide and began to think he would like himself much better if he was a girl. He also attempted to display female mannerisms and expressions and developed feelings of same-sex attractions at age 12 or 13.
"John Doe has a sincerely held religious belief and conviction that homosexuality is wrong and immoral, and he wanted to address that value conflict because his unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion are contrary to the fundamental religious values that he holds," the lawsuit contends.
Gov. Chris Christie signed the law in August to ban licensed therapists from providing gay-to-straight “conversion” therapy to teenagers.
A federal judge is scheduled to decide whether to grant the injunction by Dec. 2.