NEW YORK (AP) — Four gay men are accusing a New Jersey nonprofit of fraud for selling "conversion therapy" that falsely promised to make them straight.
They said at a Manhattan news conference Tuesday that they were subjected to humiliations that included stripping naked and taking a baseball bat to effigies of their mothers.
The four attended sessions at the Jersey City, N.J.-based Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing, or JONAH.
The men say in a lawsuit that the methods do not work and should not be marketed under New Jersey's consumer protection laws. They say the suit was filed Tuesday in New Jersey, but officials there could not confirm receiving it.
JONAH did not return calls requesting comment.
The American Psychiatric Association has rejected claims that being gay can be reversed.