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Susan K. Livio

Susan K. Livio is an author at Religion News Service.

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Therapists who say gays can be cured are committing consumer fraud, NJ judge says

By Susan K. Livio — February 17, 2015
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr., wrote that conversion therapy is a violation of the Consumer Fraud Act because it describes homosexuality as a mental illness, or disorder.

Christie’s vaccine statements aside, N.J. already allows parents to refuse on religious grounds

By Susan K. Livio — February 3, 2015
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) In the 2013-14 school year, nearly 9,000 New Jersey children used a religious exemption to decline immunizations that under state law children must receive in order to attend school.

Parents sue to overturn New Jersey ban on ex-gay therapy

By Susan K. Livio — November 5, 2013
(RNS) The unidentified couple says the restriction, signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie, infringes on their rights of free speech and religion and unconstitutionally interferes in the raising of their 15-year-old son.

N.J. gay conversion therapy ban challenged in federal court

By Susan K. Livio — August 26, 2013
(RNS) New Jersey's newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist's obligation to "respect the rights of clients to make decisions," according to a federal lawsuit filed by a Christian counselors group.

Conservatives vow suit over N.J. gay conversion law

By Susan K. Livio — August 20, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) a national Christian legal group that blocked an identical law from taking effect in California earlier this year vowed to sue New Jersey, saying the legislation violates the First Amendment rights of parents and therapists.
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