Telling gay people they can become straight could be consumer fraud
A trial underway in New Jersey will determine whether telling gay people that they can become straight is considered consumer fraud. The lawsuit is against JONAH, of Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, which employed unlicensed life coaches to convert gay young men like 17-year-old Chaim Levin, to heterosexuality. Levin reports controversial therapy sessions, some of which included striping for the counselor and re-enacting his childhood sexual abuse in front of a group.
Some states have outlawed conversion therapy for minors (Oregon, California, New Jersey) and the prosecutors are hoping this trial could be the beginning of banning conversion therapy businesses all together.
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