New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came out Thursday saying he didn’t believe therapy could make a person heterosexual — just a day after he said he didn’t know enough about gay conversion therapy to form an opinion.
“Governor Christie does not believe in conversion therapy,” spokesman Kevin Roberts said in a statement, according to NJ.com. “There is no mistaking his point of view on this when you look at his own prior statements where he makes clear that people’s sexual orientation is determined at birth.”
The statement comes 24 hours after the governor couldn’t comment on whether he would support a bill that was approved by an N.J. Senate panel outlawing the practice. “I’m of two minds just on this stuff in general,” adding that while there may be an exception, he didn’t want to back a bill that would “restrict parents’ ability to make decisions on how to care for their children . . .”
NJ Sen. Barbara Buono (Dem.) blasted Christie for not supporting the bill, calling his ambivalence on the topic, “disgusting” and adding that “His intolerance has no place in our state,” Buono said to CNN, adding later: “The governor said he doesn’t know much about gay conversion therapy. But I don’t know how much more you need to know.”
When asked on the Piers Morgan show if he thought homosexuality was a sin, Christie paused before saying, “Well my religion says it’s a sin, but I’ve always believed that people are born with the disposition to be gay.” He added that while he didn’t think gay people were sinners, he wouldn’t go as far as supporting gay marriage. “I think a marriage is an institution between one man and one woman, I think it’s special and unique in society.”