'Gay cure' clinic Exodus International shuts down

Leading 'pray away the gay' clinic Exodus International has ceased operations

by Andrew Ian Dodge on 21 June 2013 10:18

Here’s a story that’s shocking both gay and evangelical communities in the States right now, and might even have an effect on a potential GOP Presidential candidate: ‘Gay cure’ ministry Exodus International has ceased operations.

What is even more sensational is that the organisation’s head has apologised to the LGBT community for what the organisation has done over the years:

“Please know that I am deeply sorry. I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change.”

This is heavy stuff and his apology is quite the penance-filled post. The fact that the President of the leading “pray away the gay” organisation has convinced his board that they were doing more harm than good is quite significant.

It will also bring pressure to bear on some of the other high profile “curing homosexuality” clinics like the one run by Marcus Bachmann, husband of Michele Bachmann, former (and future?) GOP presidential candidate and current US Rep. In fact this “industry” was virtually unknown to most until Bachmann ran for office. Here is a piece in the HuffPo about an undercover sting that proves the Bachmann’s clinic tries to “cure” gays:

“Although Marcus Bachmann has continually denied that his Christian counseling clinic practices so-called "pray away the gay" therapy, yet another prominent LGBT activist is testifying to the contrary.”

What really irked many (especially in the Tea Party movement she so infamously claimed to represent) was that the Bachmann clinic received Federal funds for its “work”.  NBC reported the clinic was taking Medicaid funds for its “therapy” in the midst of the examination of the business.

It remains to be seen, of course, whether the demise of Exodus International and the heartfelt mea culpa will put an end to this odious and fraudulent form of “clinic”. The practice’s credibility has been further damaged by this latest revelation, but by how much is not yet clear.

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