NOM Continues Touting Disturbing "Ex-Gay" Group
July 26, 2013 12:37 pm ET by Luke Brinker
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) continues to promote the work of a fringe "ex-gay" therapy group, despite disturbing accounts of the humiliating and demeaning tactics the group employs.
In a July 25 post on its Ruth Institute blog, NOM promoted a column published in the National Catholic Register defending the "ex-gay" group Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) as it faces a New Jersey consumer fraud lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Ignoring the bullying and degrading techniques JONAH uses, the column framed the legal battle as a "David vs. Goliath" struggle. Disputing experts in the field, the column argued that with "reparative therapy," it's possible for people to leave the "gay lifestyle":
Wayne Besen, executive director of the homosexual-activist organization Truth Wins Out, said that, at its very core, reparative therapy "is a lie, and it's the lie that you can change, that there's a track record of change."
But Andrew S., 35, a Hollywood actor who has changed, challenged the assertion that people with unwanted same-sex attraction cannot expect to change their orientation.
Requesting that his real name not be used, Andrew said reparative therapy has helped him heal from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, break free from the self-destructive "gay lifestyle" and begin to understand what true love means.
The American Psychological Association has condemned "ex-gay" therapy as scientifically unsupported, psychologically damaging, and stigmatizing toward gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. JONAH and similar organizations only perpetuate such stigmatization and psychological trauma, all on the basis of expert-discredited theories about the nature of sexual orientation.