It seems like only yesterday the Christian Right’s view of gays was they could change completely. It was just a matter of putting one in the hands of Jesus.
Exodus International and a host of organizations formed to show gay people just how to do that. Their business was to “cure”. The cure was complete when the client married someone of the opposite sex.
It is unfortunate those who formed these groups did not do more research into the issue, or, allowed themselves to believe in the research that was available. The “cure” theory was on quick sand and those who promoted it were sinking in.
Ted Haggard went back and forth between his wife and men. Leaders of Exodus International began to hedge on “cure” and talk of repressing an urge. Leaders of many like reparative therapy groups, including ones near here in Minneapolis, returned to lives as gays.
Now, a Christian group claims its “counseling” methods “reduce” same sex attractions. They have released with great fan fair the result of questionnaires given after counseling.
When on sees the results, however, it is clear the counseling had little impact. A small majority said they had less same sex attraction. About three out of four felt less troubled by their same sex attraction. Does this latter result say they simply returned to their lives as gay people and no long felt guilty about it?
Apparently, no one was “cured”. I would think they would want their money back.