Gay-counseling program and state settle lawsuit

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A Memphis nonprofit that counsels gays to give up homosexuality announced they settled a lawsuit with the state over its treatment program.The state found that Love in Action International’s two Memphis facilities were controlling patients’ access to their prescription medication.

The nonprofit needed to be licensed as a mental health facility to control access to medication.

The state asked Love in Action to close its facilities and apply for a state license. 

The organization then sued the state, claiming medication was kept in a central location to prevent theft and tampering.

The lawsuit claimed the state was discriminating against the ministry because of its controversial religious mission. 

The state agreed that the facilities did not need to be licensed and agreed to pay 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.