In Cash Crunch, Focus on the Family Hands Off 'Ex-Gay' Events
James Dobson's Focus on the Family, short on funds, has made a plea to investors and ceded control of its "ex-gay" confabs to another right-wing religious organization:
"Focus on the Family, founded by child psychologist James Dobson, is on pace to fall $6 million short of a $138 million budget for the fiscal year that began last October, spokesman Gary Schneeberger said...Focus on the Family also announced Tuesday it would no longer stage 'Love Won Out' conferences across the country. The events drew both participants and picketers for their promise to 'help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome.' The events will go on, instead staged by Orlando, Fla.-based Exodus International, a network of ministries whose core message is 'Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.' Schneeberger said it made strategic sense for Exodus, which is expanding its work with churches, to take over the conferences starting in November."
The American Psychological Association announced the results of a two-year study on "ex-gay" therapy last week, saying it doesn't work, and urging doctors to tell patients to "explore possible life paths that address the reality of their sexual orientation."