Orthodox Jewish Council: ‘We Can Neither Endorse Nor Reject’ Ex-Gay Therapy

Queerty notices that the Rabbinical Council of America — the largest Rabbinical group within Orthodox Judaism — issued a “clarification” of its position on gay rights earlier this month, after several Hassidic rabbis signed a declaration stating that homosexuality is “not an acceptable lifestyle or a genuine identity.” The Council’s statement reaffirms that the Torah “prohibit the practice of homosexuality” and tries to strike a neutral stance on reparative therapy. “[W]e can neither endorse nor reject any therapy or method that is intended to assist those who are struggling with same-sex attraction,” they say. “We insist, however, that therapy of any type be performed only by licensed, trained practitioners.”