Court rejects challenge to NJ gay conversion therapy ban

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s ban on so-called gay conversion therapy was upheld by a federal appeals court on Sept. 11, though the three-judge panel took issue with a key aspect of a lower court’s ruling.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower-court ruling in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban filed by two associations and two licensed therapists who practice what are called “sexual orientation change efforts,” referred to in court filings by the acronym SOCE.

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Second judge rules Florida’s marriage ban unconstitutional

By : Steve Blanchard
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Miami – A second judge this month has ruled that the voter-initiated ban on same-sex marriages in Florida is unconstitutional. Judge Sarah Zabel released her decision on July 25, almost three weeks after hearing arguments July 2 in a lawsuit filed by the Equality Florida Institute and six same-sex couples.

“To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the . . . classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law,” Zabel wrote in her decision. “The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious . . . discriminations.”

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