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Former reparative therapy leader John Smid marries same-sex partner

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
John Smid (right) and husband Larry McQueen, displaying their marriage license.
John Smid, the former Executive Director of Love in Action — an ex-gay Christian ministry that purported to “restore those trapped” in homosexuality — has married his same-sex partner in Oklahoma.

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Marcus Bachmann defends ex-gay therapy at controversial clinic

Monday, November 10, 2014
Marcus Bachmann
Retiring Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus is defending the dangerous, pseudo-scientific, practice of sexual orientation conversion therapy that he conducts at his clinic Counseling Care, previously known as Bachmann & Associates.

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Ad promoting ‘ex-gay’ movie: ‘Lady Gaga, shut up. I was not born this way.’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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An advertisement for ex-gay activist David Kyle Foster’s movie, “Such Were Some Of You,” ran during today’s edition of “The 700 Club.” The clip featured activists Michael Brown and Anne Paulk, and one young man who exclaimed: “I have to say, Lady Gaga, shut up. I was not born this way.” Foster has warned of gay brainwashing...

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Ban on gay youth conversion therapy to be appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, September 12, 2014
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NEWARK, N.J. -- An attorney for people seeking to overturn New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy says he will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. Gov. Chris Christie signed the law last year banning the therapy for patients under 18. The lawsuit, filed by two therapists...

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Federal appeals court upholds N.J. ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a New Jersey law prohibiting therapists from performing the controversial "gay to straight" conversion therapy on LGBT youth. The lawsuit, filed by two therapists, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and the American Association...

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Miss. man says he was sexually abused in gay ‘conversion therapy’

Monday, September 1, 2014
Jeff White
HERNANDO, Miss. -- A Mississippi man has filed a complaint alleging that a teacher at a church-run school sexually abused him in an attempt to change his sexual orientation from gay to straight. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) assisted in filing the complaint Friday with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Jeff White, 32, a former student of ...

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Attorney: Appeal planned over dismissal of N.J. conversion therapy case

Friday, August 1, 2014
New-Jersey
NEWARK, N.J. — An attorney for a New Jersey couple says he’ll appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged the state’s ban on gay conversion therapy. The ruling filed Thursday by U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson rejected the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them...

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Federal judge dismisses latest challenge to N.J. ban on gay conversion therapy

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
TRENTON, N.J. -- For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy. The ruling filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Trenton rejects the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking...

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Chinese man suing clinic for performing electric shock gay conversion therapy

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Gay rights advocates protest outside a court Thursday, July 31, 2014, where the first case in China involving straight conversion therapy is being held.
BEIJING -- A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. The Beijing LGBT Center, which campaigns for gay rights, said it was the first court case involving so-called conversion therapy in China. China declassified ...

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Mich. lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mich. state lawmaker Adam F. Zemke
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan lawmakers may soon consider whether to ban the controversial practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. Legislation was introduced last week by state Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) that would amend Michigan's mental health code to prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of ...

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