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Fight For Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Could Reignite

Some of President-elect Donald Trump’s top advisers support gay conversion therapy, which raises fears of a potential change that could resurrect the communal battle over the practice.

Just four years ago, more than 200 leading Orthodox rabbis signed a letter asserting that therapy can “heal” gay Jews.

The letter came amid a heated Jewish communal debate over so-called gay conversion therapy, a widely discredited, potentially harmful practice that is partially outlawed in some states.

Opponents of the practice won a major victory last year, when a New Jersey court closed JONAH, the leading Jewish conversion therapy organization. Today, the debate over the practice has largely fizzled in the Jewish community, as Jewish gay rights advocates have begun to consider the practice a thing of the past.

Now, however, this could change. Some of President-elect Donald Trump’s closest advisers have supported gay conversion therapy, raising fears of a potential sea change that could resurrect the communal battle over the practice.

“If so-called conversion therapy were on the table, it would certainly be incredibly problematic, and I would even say dangerous, for people in our community,” said Catherine Bell, national program director of Keshet, a Jewish LGBTQ advocacy group.

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