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Ex-gay ministry backs off 'all can be cured' stance

November 4th, 2011 2:50 pm by Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE — Christian conservatives once latched on to Exodus International as proof that God could cure homosexuality.

Now Exodus itself, which has a Nashville affiliate, says that’s not always the case.

Ninety-eight of its longtime members participated in a study published in the October issue of the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. After seven years, 72 still were participating in the study, and of those, nearly a quarter said their orientation had changed. A third said they had lessened same-sex attraction and were celibate.

Even with its mixed results, both the researchers and the American Psychological Association fear the study could be used to force people into ex-gay ministries like Exodus, which neither group believes is appropriate.

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