Dr. Julie Hamilton, president of The National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and prominent spokeswoman for the ex-gay movement pictured here giving a lecture on the causes of homosexuality. (YouTube screenshot via Jose Schwartz)
On Monday, the IRS notified the public that it has revoked The National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality’s (NARTH) tax-exempt status for failure to file proper forms for three consecutive years.
The NARTH website states that the organization "promotes self-determination, individual liberty, and the right to respond to one’s own moral conscience. We are focused on the right of persons to deal with unwanted sexual attractions as well as the right of therapists to offer psychological care to those who wish to deal with these attractions by diminishing or eliminating them rather than just identifying with and acting upon them."
They stress that they are not a religious organization, rather a "professional, scientific organization that offers hope to those who struggle with unwanted homosexuality." NARTH's many critics argue they use "junk science" to promote their cause.
In October 2012, California SB 1172 banned the practice of gay conversion therapy when used on minors -- the first such legislation in the country. In December, a federal judge blocked the new law, which was set to go into effect, Jan. 1, 2013. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has taken the case and, on April 13, will begin oral arguments in San Francisco.
The NARTH website solicits donations to aid its legislative battle over the new law, however, it is unclear that these donations are no longer tax-deductible. Although the announcement was just published this week, the revocation went into effect in September of last year, and it's difficult to tell if members who donated after that time were aware of the change.