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New Jersey poised to become second state to ban anti-gay therapy

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - The New Jersey Assembly voted on Monday to ban so-called conversion therapy, taking a step toward becoming the second U.S. state to prohibit licensed therapists from counseling gay and lesbian youths to change their sexual orientation The bill passed by a 56-14 vote, with seven abstentions, and it was expected to be adopted by the state Senate in a vote on Thursday.

UPDATE 4-Boy Scouts of America delay vote on ending ban on gays

* Boy Scouts board says complex issue needs more review * National Council to take action in May * Boy Scouts upheld ban on gays in July 2012 * Boy Scouts youth membership down 21 percent since 2000 By Marice Richter IRVING, Texas, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday delayed to May a vote on whether to end a longstanding controversial ban on gay participants, giving a membership deeply divided by the possible change more time to air their concerns.

UPDATE 1-US high court won't review federal embryonic stem cell funds

By Terry Baynes Jan 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a challenge to federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research brought by two researchers who said the U.S. National Institutes of Health rules on such studies violate federal law.
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