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VIRGINIA: Liberty Counsel Seeks To Force Colleges To Provide "Ex-Gay" Counseling

Earlier this year two "undercover" members of the "ex-gay" group Voice Of The Voiceless visited LGBT student centers at seven Virginia colleges to see what would happen if they requested help in rejecting their homosexuality. According to the group, all seven colleges advised them that "ex-gay" therapy doesn't work and often results in self-harm. Enter the Liberty Counsel:
On behalf of VoV, Liberty Counsel is engaged in negotiations with the schools and the office of the Virginia attorney general in hopes of bringing reform to the resource centers in the coming school year. Liberty Counsel founder Matt Staver believes the hostility being displayed toward those seeking counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions is the result of gay activists' belief that it is a threat to their cause. "This is about trying to stifle – through the force of power of the government – any kind of view that homosexuality can change or [that] you can reduce your attractions, your behavior, or your identity," he states. "That threatens their very existence." The resource centers are telling those wanting help that such therapies don't work and could even lead to suicide. Staver describes such tactics as "evil." "This is taking sexual immorality and forcing people to say that it's good and that you ought to pursue it, and prohibiting people from encouraging in any kind of counsel to stop or eliminate it," says the attorney. "This is absolute pure evil."
According to the above-linked article by the AFA's OneNewsNow, the seven colleges are George Mason University, James Madison University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, and College of William and Mary.

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