New Jersey Governor Chris Christie remains undecided on whether his state should ban the use of gay conversion therapy.
While he is still a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, Christie publicly acknowledged this week that he hasn’t made up his mind yet on the program’s effectiveness.
"I'm of two minds just on this stuff in general," he said at a news conference on Wednesday.
"Number one, I think there should be lots of deference given to parents on raising their children. I don't — this is a general philosophy, not to his bill — generally philosophically, on bills that restrict parents ability to make decisions on how to care for their children, I'm generally a skeptic of those bills. Now, there can always be exceptions to those rules and this bill may be one of them."
The Senate health committee approved a bill earlier this week that would prohibit licensed counselors from using the controversial conversion therapy on gays.
When asked if Sen. Rob Portman’s decision to come out in support of same-sex marriage would have any influence on his decision, Christie said no.
"But as far as how it affects my view, no," Christie said, "because that question implies that somehow this is a political judgment and for me it's not."
Conversion therapy is constructed around the idea that people choose their sexual orientation. And if you buy into that belief, then obviously you think it’s possible to choose not to be gay.