Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.
Setting off yet another scandal, the United States Air Force Academy has hired and promoted "ex-gay" cure advocate, Dr. Michael Rosebush, USAFA 1975, as a staff member for the Academy's Center of Character and Leadership Development.
In recent days NARTH's office has been telling potential donors that the IRS notice is a mistake. However, NARTH has not issued any statement nor alerted donors that donations to NARTH claimed on a tax return may subject the taxpayer to a penalty.
Reparative therapy, which seeks to "cure" homosexuality, is a destructive form of consumer fraud, where avaricious practitioners try to profit off their victims by instilling a deep sense of shame and guilt. There is not one shard of evidence supporting such efforts.
NARTH's Rick Fitzgibbons cited the work of Theodora Sirota to make the case that children in same-sex households are not raised better than children "in stable homes with a mother and a father." According to Sirota, Fitzgibbons misused her work.
In June I penned a column that predicted that so-called "ex-gay" programs would crumble from internal rot. In the months since, the decline of these "pray away the gay" organizations has only accelerated.
While it would be better to acknowledge the damage done to individuals as a rationale to stop the practice, at the very least the APA took a step forward to stop the practice of reparative therapy for good.