Closing arguments expected in 'gay conversion' trial

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Columbus CEO

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected in the trial of a Jersey City nonprofit that was sued for claiming it could change gays to heterosexuals.

Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, known by the acronym JONAH, is accused in the lawsuit of violating New Jersey's consumer fraud laws.

The state Superior Court trial began in early June. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.

One of the young men who sued testified that one of JONAH's methods involved using a tennis racket to beat a pillow that was meant to represent his mother, who, he said counselors told him, was responsible for his homosexuality.

The co-founder of JONAH testified he believes homosexuality is a disorder caused by emotional wounds occurring in childhood and adolescence that can be cured through methods used by his organization.