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4/26/13 at 05:16 PM 3 Comments

John Paulk Renounces Gay Conversion Therapy

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In 1999 John and Anne Paulk's book Love Won Out was released. The couple told their story on TV and radio about how they had left the homosexual lifestyle. John was a public supporter of therapy to change sexual orientation and served on the board of Exodus International, a ministry to people with same-sex attractions.

Recently John responded to Proud Queer and revealed that he changed his position:

I no longer support the ex-gay movement or efforts to attempt to change individuals — especially teens who already feel insecure and alienated. I feel great sorrow over the pain that has been caused when my words were misconstrued. I have worked at giving generously to the gay community in Portland where I work and live. I am working hard to be authentic and genuine in all of my relationships.

Randy Thomas, the Executive Vice President of Exodus International, blogged about this news story and responded to some of the rumors regarding the Paulk family:

The rumors out there that the Paulks are still “making a living” as “ex-gay superstars” is simply not true. Please remember, all the international buzz about the Paulks happened in 1998 … fifteen years ago. John’s involvement with Focus and Love Won Out completely stopped ten years ago.

John and Anne's relationship has been affected by John's changing views. Anne serves on the board of Restored Hope Network.

The Network's statement of beliefs says, "Sexual purity is a life-and-death matter. Sexual holiness for Christians matters to such an extent that living an unrepentant sexually immoral life can get even self-professed Christians excluded from the kingdom of God."

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