Just days after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill making California the first state to ban therapies which attempt to alter a minor's sexual orientation from gay to straight, a New Jersey assemblyman is expected to introduce a similar measure.

Democratic Assemblyman Tim Eustace will introduce his bill when the Assembly returns next week. Eustace is openly gay and has raised two children with his partner of 31 years.

“I see it as a form of child abuse,” Eustace told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Being gay “is not an illness, so what are they fixing?”

The proposed legislation, which is modeled after California's law, would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” with a minor.

“Studies and personal testimony have shown this practice creates irreparable harm on young people struggling to come to terms with their sexuality,” said Eustace. “Forcing someone to deny their innate feelings and their very existence has led to depression, suicidal tendencies and other untold harm. Leading psychological professionals agree that this practice has no place in legitimate mental health therapies. I hope New Jersey will join California in leading the way on standing up to this harmful practice.”

Democratic Senators Raymond Lesniak and Stephen Sweeney will introduced an accompanying bill in the Senate.

Opposing the effort is the New Jersey Family Policy Council, which objects to gay rights.

“Assemblyman Eustace now becomes the parental authority for all … kids?” said Len Deo, the group's founder and president. “A kid can't get a a tattoo in New Jersey without a parent's consent. To take the flip side on this and take away the right of the parents on this issue is ludicrous.”