Judge upholds NJ ban on gay conversion therapy

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A federal judge has upheld a New Jersey law barring therapists from trying to turn gay youth straight.

In a ruling issued Friday, Judge Freda L. Wolfson said the law does not violate free speech or religious protection.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a ban on gay conversion therapy in August.

California is the first and only other state to ban the practice. A federal appeals court upheld California's law in August.

On Monday, a couple filed a separate lawsuit saying the New Jersey law violates their rights to religion, free speech and right to equal protection under the law.

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