Saturday, October 22, 2005

Ex-gay 'Love In Action' injunction denied

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Judge Nixes Ex-Gay Injunction by The Associated Press Posted: October 22, 2005 11:00 am ET (Memphis, Tennessee) A federal judge has refused to allow Love In Action ministry, which claims to counsel gay clients to turn straight, to continue "treating people". An injunction was sought against an order from the state Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities, which found that the organization's two Memphis facilities were controlling patients' access to their prescription medication and thus needed to be licensed as a mental health facility. (story) Love In Action International Inc. has sued the state to oppose being required to get a license. It claims that the facility did not restrict access to medication, but kept it in a central location to prevent theft and tampering. The ministry is being represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based Christian legal organization, that regularly fights gay rights issues. U.S. District Judge Bernice Donald denied the motion Friday, The Commercial Appeal reported. "We're still very encouraged and we believe the court will eventually rule in our favor," said Nathan Kellum, counsel for LIA. "There are no disputed facts, it's just a question of the state misapplying the statute of licensure." Love In Action's stated mission is "the prevention or remediation of unhealthy and destructive behaviors facing families, adults and adolescents," including promiscuity, pornography and homosexuality. The company has drawn protests from gay rights advocates, who Love In Action claims were instrumental in getting the state to inspect the facility and push for its closing. The Love In Action organization came to national attention earlier this year when a teenager complained he was being sent to the facility by his parents in an attempt to "turn him straight." On his web log 16-year-old from Bartlett, Tenn., and said his parents "tell me that there is something psychologically wrong with me. ... I'm a big screwup to them, who isn't on the path God wants me to be on. So I'm sitting here in tears ... and I can't help it." (story) For original source click here