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TN Love in Action 'ex-gay' camp ordered closed


Love In Action spokesman, “ex-gay” Gerard Wellman, says the organization will comment “when the time is right” about its doors being shuttered by the state.

Thank goodness Tennessee is taking action against this snake pit. This sick organization made the headlines as the place a teen blogger was sent to by his parents to “de-gay” him. Exodus International’s Love In Action, ran the camps, and it caught the eye of state investigators. (AP):

The state Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities has ordered the closing of what it calls two unlicensed personal care facilities run by a Christian group that counsels gays to give up homosexuality.

The state inspected two facilities in Memphis on Aug. 19 and determined Love In Action International Inc. was providing housing, meals and personal care for mentally ill patients without a license, according to a subsequent letter to the organization from the Department of Mental Health.

The department gave Love In Action until Sept. 23 to cease operation of the facilities and apply for a state license.

Love In Action spokesman Gerard Wellman declined Monday to answer questions about the state’s allegations. “We will be commenting when the time is right,” or when the case is past its initial stage, Wellman said.

Lawyer Nathan Kellum responded to the state on Sept. 14 with a letter acknowledging Love In Action had received the state’s notice and promising to respond fully by Sept. 23.

“The issue is these being supportive care facilities,” state spokeswoman Lola Potter said Monday. “Supportive care must be licensed.”

Former Love In Action client Peterson Toscano said Monday that a house manager for the program told him one of the manager’s responsibilities was dispensing drugs that had been prescribed for participants.

“He told me that it was to keep people from misusing the drugs,” said Toscano, who is now a writer and performer living in Hartford, Conn. Under state regulations, facilities that dispense medication to patients require a license.

Earlier Blend posts on Love In Action are here.

Hat tip, Wayne Besen.

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