This, I guess is the last chapter in Zach’s story. The folks at LIA/R have settled won their lawsuit with the state of Tennessee. Read a little further and you’ll see why I say “won” instead of settled.
On Friday, Love in Action announced a settlement in which the state agreed that the facilities did not need to be licensed and agreed to pay the organization’s attorneys’ fees and expenses in the lawsuit.
In return, Love in Action agreed that its employees would not administer or regulate the medications of program participants.
“TDMHDD is pleased that the case has been settled to the satisfaction of all parties involved,” department spokes woman Jill M. Hudson said in a statement.
Love In Action’s stated mission is “the prevention or remediation of unhealthy and destructive behaviors facing families, adults and adolescents,” including promiscuity, pornography and homosexuality.
Its work has drawn the ire of many gay rights advocates, who Love In Action claims were instrumental in getting the state to inspect the facility and push for its closing.
So, with minor changes, the doors are still open at LIA/R, and parents can still ship their kids off there for “de-gayification.” Autumn over at Ex-Gay Watch writes ” I can’t imagine this conclusion is one that many LGBT activists will be satisfied with.”
Damn skippy, on this end. But whatcha gonna do? It is Tennessee, after all, where even Democratic Senate candidates must have sufficient anti-gay creds to get elected. We can’t imagine that the state government would shut down a reparative therapy camp, or that the majority of Tennesseans would want it shut down.