Church holding 'ex-gay' therapy on public school property
Rev. Ken Hutcherson, speaks to his Antioch Bible Church congregation in the Lake Washington High School gymnasium, where the church meets. The non-denominational church has more than 3,500 members.
Concerned about ‘ex-Gay therapy’ being offered on Lake Washington High School property, staff from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Puget Sound testified before the district’s five member school board last week.
GLSEN’s Executive Director Robert Raketty and Education and Training Director Joe Bento, M. Ed., spoke out against the school district’s rental of space to the Antioch Bible Church. Under the leadership of openly homophobic Rev. Ken Hutcherson, the church provides ‘ex-Gay therapy’ on school property every Sunday and is planning to host Exodus International‘s Groundswell 2005 conference – intended to teach clergy and youth how to proselytize to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth – at its Redmond, Washington, offices.
“We believe the agreement has created an untenable situation – one that interferes with the mission of Lake Washington High School,” contended Raketty.
Hutcherson is best known for his opposition to marriage equality and his effort to get Microsoft to pull its support for a anti-discrimination bill in the state Legislature.
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