September 28, 2011 5:04 pm ET - by Carlos Maza
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) posted a blog entry on Wednesday touting a study that indicates some people actually can pray the gay away through religiously-mediated “ex-gay” therapy. NOM’s post links to a press release published in Christian News Wire, explaining the study’s results:
Psychologists Stanton L. Jones (Wheaton College, IL) and Mark A. Yarhouse (Regent University) have just published in the respected, peer-reviewed Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy the final results of their longitudinal study of individuals seeking sexual orientation change through involvement in a variety of Christian ministries affiliated with Exodus International.
The results show change to be possible for some, and the attempt not harmful on average. These results stand in tension with the supposed professional consensus.
We’ll await what the experts have to say about the final study, but the 2009 version of the study was thoroughly debunked and has been dismissed by the American Psychological Association.
Furthermore every major medical association in America, including the American Medical Association, National Association of Social Workers, American Counseling Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association, has rejected the efficacy “ex-gay” therapy.
NOM, however, isn’t concerned with determining if the 2011 version of the study is credible or not. It’s much more interested in promoting the right-wing talking point that gay people can simply choose to become straight.
In the past few months, NOM has twice published the testimony of an “ex-gay” leader, promoted an author who called homosexuality an “addictive” and “learned” behavior, and distorted a pro-equality article to assert that gay people aren’t “born this way.”
For those hoping that NOM’s recent leadership change might reign down the organization’s anti-gay rhetoric, week one isn’t looking too promising.
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