Fraud ver­dict in ‘ gay con­ver­sion’

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

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.

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