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NARTH Statement on Exodus shutting down

July 08, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Ex-gay News, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

June 20, 2013

The following “NARTH Statement on Exodus” is reprinted in its entirety: The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is a multi-disciplinary professional and scientific organization that is not affiliated with religious ministries in any way. Each week professional counselors and therapists continue to meet with the many individuals seeking help for their desire to manage or diminish their unwanted homosexual attractions.

The motivation to seek therapeutic assistance for unwanted same-sex attractions vary widely from person to person but certainly religious faith plays a role for some people. Gratefully, a growing number of these individuals are becoming publically more vocal about the important role professional assistance played in their ability to accomplish their chosen therapeutic goals.

NARTH continues to affirm that the experience of thousands of clients with unwanted homosexual attraction and the licensed therapists who serve them demonstrates that trained, experienced, and ethical professional clinicians play a vital role in successful treatment processes.

As we understand it, Exodus was a public relations voice and referral clearing house for hundreds of individual, primarily evangelical ministries who serve church members who are experiencing unwanted homosexual feelings. These hundreds of individual evangelical Protestant ministries along with the outreach ministries in the Catholic, Jewish and Latter-day Saint faith communities still exist and we imagine that they will always exist as long as we have individuals who find homosexual sex incongruent with their personal or religious values. We also understand that most of the local Exodus affiliated ministries had started to reorganize into a new organization that began about a year ago, Restored Hope Network.