U. student joins suit challenging ‘conversion therapy’ for gay people


A University of Utah student, along with three other gay men, filed the first lawsuit Tuesday against those who perform "conversion therapy," the controversial treatment for changing a person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight, according to a lawyer involved in the case. Utah’s first openly gay state senator, attorney Scott McCoy, is representing the students in the lawsuit, which was announced at a 10 a.m. news conference in New York City, where McCoy now lives.

The four gay men, Michael Ferguson, who lives in Salt Lake City, Benjamin Unger, Chaim Levin and Sheldon Bruck, all of New York City, underwent conversion therapy at a New Jersey center called JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing.

The men are suing under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, which protects from deceptive, false or fraudulent business practices, claiming the conversion therapy, which could cost more than $10,000 annually, caused depression and other harm when they were unable to change their sexual orientation. (Read Article)

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