Christian groups advocating so-called reparative therapy used to claim all gay people could be "cured." But with the release of new research, one such group has been forced to admit that that's not always the case.
According to the Tennessean, researchers studied 98 members of the group Exodus International, whose stated mission is "to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality." In a 2009 post on Exodus's web site, Jeff Buchanan wrote, "We believe homosexuality to be a multi-causal, developmental issue and that any individual can experience freedom through the support of caring individuals and the healing power of Jesus Christ." But of the 72 members who stuck with the study for its full seven-year term, just a quarter said they had changed orientation. A third said they had "lessened same-sex attraction and were celibate." That leaves 42% who were still gay after seven years of "treatment."