Monday, May 04, 2015

SCOTUS Rejects Liberty Counsel's Appeal Challenging New Jersey "Ex-Gay" Therapy Ban

Mat Staver has to rank among the most hysterical homophobic bigots of the far right "godly Christian" fringe and his organization, Liberty Counsel, is in reality little more than a hate group despite its almost laughable efforts to depict itself as a "Christian law firm."   Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court seemingly recognizes that both Staver and Liberty Counsel live in an alternative universe crazy land where facts, expert medical and mental health care opinions, and so forth mean nothing, and everything is instead ruled by a sick selective reading of the Bible.  The result is that the Court rejected Liberty Counsels appeal challenging New Jersey's legislation barring the use of "ex-gay" or "reparative" therapy on those under age 18.   The rejection continued Liberty Counsel's track record of losing every case challenging "ex-gay therapy" bans.  Gay Star News has these highlights:

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.

The Christofascists relentlessly defend "ex-gay" conversion therapy because it is critical to their effort to maintain that sexual orientation is a choice and, therefore, not worthy of non-discrimination protections.   

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