Christie: You can’t cure gays, but I’ll let doctors try

GOP Governor and 2016 presidential aspirant Chris Christie got himself into some hot water the other day when he refused to take a position on the practice of using homoerotic hugging, pillow-slamming, having teenage boys masturbate in front of a much older male therapist, and electroshock to “cure” gay people.

The issue came up in the context of a proposed law that would ban such quack therapy in New Jersey, just as it’s been recently banned in California.

So Chris Christie is willing to let doctors experiment on gay kids

Gov. Chris Christie has now “clarified” his position, through a spokesman: “‘Governor Christie does not believe in conversion therapy,’ spokesman Kevin Roberts said in a statement. ‘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.’ ”

NJ Gov. Chris Christie. L.E.MORMILE /

NJ Gov. Chris Christie. L.E.MORMILE /

The spokesman declined, however, to say whether Christie would support the legislation banning the phony therapy.

So in other words, Chris Christie agrees that it’s absurd, and perhaps even harmful, to try to cure gay kids, but he’s still willing to let doctors try.

As I noted the other day, the entire notion of “curing” gays is laughable:

Naturally, representatives of groups that claim gays can be cured showed up, and I’m sure they didn’t talk about the fact that most of their leaders have now come out and admitted that the entire thing is a hoax, no one is ever “cured.”  At best, they can maybe turn you celibate.  Which has nothing to do with “curing” anyone’s sexual orientation.  The leader of the lead American “ex-gay” ministry recanted, so did the leader of the British one, and the Latin American one.

Hope springs eternal for Antarctica.

There are lots of different “cures,” none of which work.  Some involve having young boys take off all their clothes in front of their much-older male therapist, who then directs the naked young gay boys to play with themselves in front of the older man, who watches.  Yeah, “therapy.”  So that’s what the kids are calling it nowadays?

Other therapies involve homoerotic hugging, where the male therapist hugs the gay man, a lot, on a couch.  The Daily Show, incredibly, got the “ex-gay” expert to show his technique on the air:

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Nothing gay here, move right along.

Another “cure” involves having the gay man take a tennis racket and beating the life out of a pillow, while screaming.  The pillow supposedly represents your mother.  CNN did an amazing broadcast highlighting this lunacy – seriously, watch this video if you want a good look at what Gov. Christie is unsure about.

Here’s the CNN segment on becoming “ex-gay” – it’s short, and classic:

Chris Christie needs to man-up

So knowing all that, how hard is it for Chris Christie to decide whether a therapy he admits doesn’t work, and is downright wacky, should be permitted to be used on children?  Maybe Christie could whack a pillow with a tennis racket and see if it helps him make up his mind.

And I thought Democrats were wimps.  At some point, moderate Republicans need to decide who they want to be when they grow up.  There is no amount of spinelessness and flip-floppery that compares to a moderate Republican aspiring to the presidency.

Republican, heal thyself.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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