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Supreme Court upholds New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy

Supreme Court upholds New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy

The US Supreme Court has upheld New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy for minors. 

The court refused to hear a challenge to the law today, which means that a ruling made last September by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in place.

The Court of Appeals said that the ban, which was signed into law in 2013, didn’t violate the the free speech or religious rights of those who offer conversion therapy to minors in the state.

This is the second time the Supreme Court has refused to hear an argument on such a law, following the court’s dimissal of a similar argument against Florida’s ban in 2014.

Conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy, is rejected by all major American medical, psychiatric, psychological and professional counseling organizations.

Earlier this year, a New Jersey judge ruled misrepresenting homosexuality as a disorder in marketing conversion therapy services is consumer fraud.