'Ex Gay Therapy' Proponents Defend Practice In New Jersey

Gay Voices (The Huffington Post)
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February 5, 2013

A first-of-its kind lawsuit challenging the practice of gay "conversion therapy" is winding its way through the New Jersey legal system. On Monday, lawyers representing a counseling center, its director and an affiliated "life coach" filed an initial response to the suit, arguing that the complaint is without merit and that some people can experience "relief from unwanted same-sex attraction" through counseling. The lawsuit, brought under New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act, alleges that the counseling center, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, co-founder Arthur Goldberg and life coach Alan Downing repeatedly misled the plaintiffs -- four former patients and two of their mothers -- by telling them that JONAH's services would succeed in changing a person's sexual orientation from gay to straight.