Lawsuit puts ex-gay therapy on trial

Gavel and scales of justiceBY STEVE WILLIAMS

A first-of-its-kind lawsuit has been filed against a prominent ex-gay therapy group claiming that, in accordance with scientific opinion, ex-gay therapy is fraudulent and damaging.

The lawsuit, filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on behalf of four men and their mothers, contends that the New Jersey-city based organization Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), a well known ex-gay therapy group, violated New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act by offering ex-gay therapy when it is not recognized as being effective or appropriate for treating anxiety related to sexual orientation.


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