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Court Upholds NJ Gay Conversion Therapy Ban

09-12-2014

A federal appeals court upheld New Jersey's ban on therapy to help minors overcome same-sex attraction.

The three-judge panel ruled the state has an interest in regulating the speech of mental health professionals to protect the public good.

It also ruled the law does not violate freedom of speech or religion.
    
The law prevents licensed professionals from using conversion therapy techniques with anyone under the age of 18.

Two therapists and two professional associations filed suit challenging the ban.
    
They said the law prevents them from helping clients who want therapy to overcome same-sex attraction.

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