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Topic - Matt Staver
Defenders of so-called gay conversion therapies vowed to continue the fight Monday after Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a measure making New Jersey the second state to ban the therapy targeting gay teens who want to change their sexual orientation.
Mr. Staver added that the bill provides a "slippery slope of government infringing upon the First Amendment rights of counselors to provide, and patients to receive, counseling consistent with their religious beliefs."
Matt Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, which supports gay conversion therapy, said the group plans to file suit in the very near future to overturn the New Jersey statute, arguing in part the law is an infringement on parental rights to raise their children the way they see fit, or to seek counseling in the wake traumatic events.