Gay men sue over conversion therapy
A lawsuit contends conversion therapists made false promises to turn gay teens straight.
November 27th, 2012
04:21 PM ET

Gay men sue over conversion therapy

Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality.

His search led him to JONAH - Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing - which claimed on its website to help people "struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions."

JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH counselor.

"This is the first time that plaintiffs have sought to hold conversion therapists liable in a court of law," said Samuel Wolfe, a lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    brandon is a sick person...and as a junvenile along with parental authority they haddah a right to seek remendy for his illness...he should have emancipated if he don't like his mom or phooey to you sick brandon!

    November 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Surthurfurd

      Ignorance is popular among those who demand everyone be like themselves.

      November 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Hi, JIF.
    I seem to be having trouble posting, although naturally, those who would steal my name are not.
    I hope you are well.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    So am I not even allowed to say hello to an old friend?

    November 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Won

    Wow... being gays means I can sue almost everyone?! Wow! Where do I sign up?!

    November 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. That's just crazy talk

    I predict conversion therapists will be greeted as liberators!

    November 29, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. judas

    Let's pray the gay away!
    Americans are religious and dumb.

    November 29, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jon

    Lets just sue somebody for the sake of suing. It's the "in" thing to do. We should sue for having to read garbage like this.

    November 29, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • BobPitt

      No so fast Quimosabe.. No one knows why people are gay, scientist have no idea why the phenomena, it occurs is wild life as well specially birds. So until science knows for sure the “”why”” you can’t fix it. Anyone claiming they know the cure is lying, and committing fraud, and fraud is a crime, therefore you could take someone to court on the bases of fraud..

      November 29, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bill C

    All you needed to know is that he is represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, who believes everyone who doesn't believe like them is a hate monger.

    November 29, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      At least he's not represented by the ACLJ, which believes that you are above the law if you claim you did something for religious reasons.

      November 29, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan


    Did someone hold a gun to this kids head and make him go? Exactly what did he expect?

    November 29, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      Uh... I think the article mentions suing the therapist because he *couldn't* change him, would be like taking a pill that "guarantees" you lose 20 pounds, but you don't, and then sue them for false advertising/claim.

      November 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tify

    After going to a grief counselor over my dogs death I was still sad. I need to get a lawyer.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. siculari

    Gosh these religious extremists are scary

    November 29, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. StevenMN

    The only controversy is between religious fanatics the medical & psychiatric professionals. The so-called therapy has been discredited or condemned by most therapists. Its especially damaging to vulnerable kids. Undergoing "treatment" which tells them their very core nature means they're going to hell has lead many to suicide.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. A. Salinger

    It's pretty obvious the naysayers who just see these men as sue-happy 1) haven't read the article and 2) are anti-gay themselves. The point of the lawsuit is how unethical these treatment programs are. They're not endorsed by any of the major mental health professional organizations (in fact, most condemn them) yet some "therapists" still attempt these disproven, ridiculous, and often downright abusive and cruel techniques.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. AlienShark

    So, as a people, we are free to pursue whatever avenues we want as long as they aren't hurting anyone else, so what is so wrong about kids like this young man seeking help on the avenue that he has taken. Are the "plaintiffs" really concerned for the well being of the kid who obviously feels he needs help, or are they concerned that him seeking help is not good for their narration.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jack 3

    The goal of all species is to ultimately muliply. This is against reproduction of the human race. If you already love another man then you shouldn't have went there in trhe first place as a woman who gets into a bad relationship such as a wife beater.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
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