Monday, March 25, 2013

PFOX Condemns Kangaroo Court Hearing by New Jersey Committee

False testimony discredits entire Committee proceeding and outcome


Trenton, N.J. -- The New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee held a hearing last Monday to pass a bill that will ban therapy for minors who experience unwanted same-sex attractions while allowing gay affirming therapy to be practiced. The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Buono, will prohibit licensed mental health professionals from helping minors with unwanted same-sex attractions. The bill could create depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts for minors by limiting the psychotherapy now available.  


During the three-hour hearing, gay activists and other proponents of the bill testified to a parade of horribles. One such man, who self-identifies as a woman, testified that he was “tortured" in a youth camp setting as a teenager. Brielle Goldani, a transgender, told the committee that he was given electric shocks and drugs to induce vomiting in an effort to change his sexual orientation. But in an investigative report published in WorldNetDaily at, Christopher Doyle, founder of Voice of the Voiceless, uncovered falsehoods behind the seemingly fantastic story and has exposed the testimony as fabricated.


“The Committee passed harmful legislation based upon lies," said Greg Quinlan, president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), which testified at the hearing.  “We call on Senators Buono and Joseph Vitale, who chaired the hearing, to nullify the votes taken at the hearing and initiate a new hearing where testimony is given under oath. They must also apologize to concerned parents who testified against the bill for the Committee’s failure to question unverifiable testimony. Senators Buono and Vitale have not served their constituents well.” 


“Senate Bill 2278 is an act of childhood endangerment and an unconstitutional attempt to deny parental rights. This unnecessary and intrusive legislation will turn New Jersey into a nanny state by violating the civil rights of parents who support their child's right to receive therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions, especially when that child has been sexually molested by a pedophile like Jerry Sandusky and is now confused about his sexual orientation,” said Quinlan.


“The same mental health and allied health associations which were listed in sponsor testimony as proponents of the bill to ban therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions also state that sexuality is fluid, so their endorsement belies their scientific claims.”


“Denying children the right to receive full therapeutic assistance is wrong. Governor Christie must veto any ban on full mental health treatment for children, especially a bill based on falsehoods like this one. We urge the New Jersey legislature and Governor to read our open letter to the Committee at for actual facts and not fantasy.” 


“According to the American Psychological Association, affirmative approaches [gay-affirming therapy efforts] have “not been evaluated for safety and efficacy." [Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation, p. 67 (APA, 2009)]  Yet homosexual affirming therapy was not included in the proposed legislation even though it has not been proven to be safe – only heterosexual (straight) affirming therapy was banned.”


“According to the 2010 CDC AIDS report:  77% of diagnosed HIV infections were attributed to MSM (men who have sex with men).  Of those aged 13 to 24 youth, 89% was attributed to MSM. In fact, MSM aged 13 to 24 youth had the greatest increase in diagnosis (44%). Why would anyone want to prevent youth from receiving counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions when those attractions can kill them? Yet this bill does exactly that.”




Please contact New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and ask him to veto any bill banning heterosexual therapy for minors – children’s lives are at stake.  Tell Christie that denying children the right to receive full therapeutic assistance is wrong!  Governor Christie must veto any ban on full mental health treatment for children, especially a bill based on lies like this one.


Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625


Also contact the Committee members and ask them to initiate a new hearing where testimony is given under oath.  Click on each link to Members of the New Jersey Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee:


Vitale, Joseph F. - Chair   

Madden, Fred H. - Vice-Chair   

Addiego, Dawn Marie 

Allen, Diane B. 

Buono, Barbara  -- Sponsor

Gordon, Robert M. 

Rice, Ronald L. 

Singer, Robert W. 

Thompson, Samuel D. 

Whelan, Jim




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