Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Ex-gay ministry Love In Action shut down by State of Tennessee

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According to an article on, ex-gay ministry Love In Action and its adolescent division, Refuge, has been shut down by the State of Tennessee for failing to obtain the proper licenses which would have allowed them to care for mentally ill patients. Love In Action holds to the opinion that they are not treating mentally ill individuals but rather helping people use faith in Christ to overcome problems. According to the article:
The state inspected two facilities in Memphis on Aug. 19 and determined Love In Action International Inc. was providing housing, meals and personal care for mentally ill patients without a license, according to a subsequent letter to the organization from the Department of Mental Health. The department gave Love In Action until Sept. 23 to cease operation of the facilities and apply for a state license.
Love In Action's Refuge program was the program that 16 year old Zach Stark was sent to by his parents over the summer. A national controversy over ex-gay ministries was ignited by Zach's blog in which he wrote about being shipped off to the program.