BY MARY MARSHALL
A state federal judge has struck down a lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s ban on “sexual orientation change efforts” or SOCE, as they are referred to in court. This is the second time in nine months a judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a practice called conversion therapy.
The lawsuit was made by a couple who felt that the ban was in violation of rights promised in the constitution, specifically freedom of speech and freedom of religion. They wanted to enroll their 15-year-old son in the practice that tries to “convert” or “cure” individuals from homosexuality. U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson ruled Thursday that the claims were not valid, according to the Associated Press.
Time Magazine reports that currently California and New Jersey are the only two states with a ban in place to outlaw therapy aimed at converting minors from homosexuality.