Liberty Counsel Files Suit Against NJ Teen Therapy Ban
Trenton—The New Jersey Family Policy Council is pleased to report that Liberty Counsel filed suit in New Jersey yesterday evening against the recently-signed ban on professional therapies to help minors overcome same-sex attraction. The lawsuit was followed by a motion for a stay to keep the law from going into effect until its constitutionality can be sorted out in court.
“This law is a tyrannical overreach of government authority,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, “and every parent should be concerned. With this law, parents may face Child Protective Services investigating their home and even law enforcement taking their children if they seek change therapy,” Staver warned.
Yesterday, New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who sponsored the bill and is openly homosexual, told Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, “What this does is prevent things that are harmful to people. If a parent were beating their child on a regular basis we would step in and remove that child from the house. If you pay somebody to beat your child or abuse your child, what’s the difference?” Staver responded, “It is shocking to hear the law’s sponsor threaten parents that the state will remove their children from them if they provide the counsel they need and which helps them. This is the ultimate nanny state.”
NJFPC expressed deep disappointment that bill A3371 was signed into law because it strips away parents’ right to direct the upbringing of their minor children, and minors’ right to seek counseling if they choose. In addition, it wades into matters of professional ethics that are still disputed within the medical community, amounting to a breach of counseling professionals’ free speech rights.
Gregory Quinlan, Director of Government Affairs for NJFPC, stated, “Hundreds of New Jerseyans spoke out against this law while it was still in the pipeline. Now that it has been signed into law, it threatens such intrusions into parental and professional freedom of conscience and free speech, not to mention the insult it offers to minors’ right of self-determination, that the people of New Jersey feel they have no choice but to sue their state to block this law.”