Judge orders New Jersey 'gay conversion' nonprofit to close

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey nonprofit that was sued for offering to turn gays to heterosexuals has been ordered to close.

A judge on Friday granted a permanent injunction against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, known as JONAH.

In June, a Hudson County jury awarded damages to several men who had sued JONAH, claiming it engaged in fraud and made claims it couldn't back up.

An attorney for the men Friday said the decision sends a message to providers of so-called gay conversion therapy that the practice is fraudulent.

An attorney who represented JONAH at the trial called it "sad that so many are celebrating the government's power to stop willing clients from working with willing counselors to lead their lives on Biblical principles."

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