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Psychologist Nicholas Cummings affidavit in support of JONAH

July 08, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

June 6, 2013

Excerpts from the article “Former APA president: ‘I know of hundreds homosexuals who changed their sexual orientation” on “NEW JERSEY – A renowned psychologist who was a former president of the American Psychological Association (APA) has submitted an affidavit saying that he personally treated over 2,000 homosexuals for various conditions, while his staff counseled thousands more, and he knows of ‘hundreds’ who successfully changed their orientation.”

“Nicholas Cummings filed the affidavit in support of a motion by JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) before the New Jersey Superior Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) accusing the group of ‘fraud’ for offering reparative therapy services. JONAH is a Jewish organization that offers assistance to men and women seeking to resolve their sexual conflicts, focusing specifically on unwanted same-sex attractions.”

… “Wrote Cummings, ‘I am … a proponent of patient self-determination. I believe and teach that gays and lesbians have the right to be affirmed in their homosexuality and also have the right to seek help in changing their sexual orientation if that is their choice.’ Cummings reports he personally treated over 2,000 people with same-sex attraction, and his staff treated an additional 16,000.”

“He said that homosexual patients generally sought psychological help for one of three reasons: ‘to come to grips with their homosexual identity, to resolve relationship issues, or to change their homosexual orientation.’ Cummings wrote that while relatively few patients opted to try and change their sexual preference, those who did were deeply unhappy with their homosexual experiences, citing issues such as ‘the transient nature of relationships, disgust or guilt feelings about promiscuity, fear of disease,’ and ‘the desire to have a traditional family.’ Of those who did try to change their preference, Cummings said ‘hundreds’ were successful, going on to lead normal heterosexual lives.”

“Cummings alleged that the real fraud in the case is on the side of the SPLC.”