A Christian group
that tries to persuade gays to give up their homosexual
ways is again drawing attention from Tennessee
investigators. The Department of Mental Health &
Developmental Disabilities wants to know if Love In
Action International is conducting improper counseling
sessions with unlicensed personnel. Love In Action recently
was investigated by the Department of Children's
Services on a child abuse complaint that was found to
John Smid, Love In Action's executive director,
said his group does not provide psychological, drug,
or alcohol counseling but seeks to help people
overcome sexual problems through a stronger Christian faith.
Smid said the group's programs will be adjusted if
necessary to make sure they are in line with state
regulations. Counseling that would be regulated by the
state is "really not our focus," he said.
Rachel Lassiter, a spokeswoman for the mental
health department, said Love In Action was sent a
letter Monday seeking information about its practices.
Love In Action's work, particularly with teenagers, has
drawn protests from gay rights advocates. (AP)