Fraud verdict in ‘ gay conversion’
A nonprofit organization that claimed its so- called gay conversion therapy would turn gay men straight violated the state’s consumer fraud act, a jury found in a civil trial.
The jury found that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing and its cofounder Arthur Goldberg made false promises that they could turn homosexuals into heterosexuals by, among other methods, having them spend more time naked with their fathers.
Three men and two parents were awarded $ 72,000. The judge will rule later on their request to revoke the company’s license.
Four young men sued the group in 2012 under New Jersey’s consumer fraud laws.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs said the group lied about its success rate and used methods that had no scientific basis.
The group’s attorneys argued that it didn’t make guarantees and should be allowed to offer help to people struggling with their sexuality.