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Closing arguments start in New Jersey 'gay conversion' trial

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Closing arguments have started in the trial of a Jersey City nonprofit that was sued for claiming it could change gays to heterosexuals.

Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing is accused of violating New Jersey's consumer fraud laws.

An attorney representing JONAH told jurors the plaintiffs weren't given promised results, and said the organization has a right to offer counseling.

The plaintiffs' attorney was due to make closing arguments Wednesday.

One man who sued testified that one of JONAH's methods involved using a tennis racket to beat a pillow that was meant to represent his mother. He said counselors told him she was responsible for his homosexuality.

A JONAH co-founder testified he believes homosexuality is a disorder caused by emotional wounds and can be cured through his organization's methods.

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