This week’s announcement that the “ex-gay” group Exodus International would shut down and reemerge as a different type of organization is drawing not only denunciation from the religious right and praise from LGBT rights advocates, but admission from some conservative Christians that efforts to change sexual orientation are ineffective.
Not that the latter group is endorsing same-sex relationships. “I do appreciate that Exodus no longer promotes orientation change. Although God does not bless homosexual sex or same-sex romantic relations, heterosexuality should not be the goal,” said author Christopher Yuan, according to Christianity Today. “One weakness of Exodus (whether intentional or unintentional) had been a lack of emphasis upon biblical singleness, resulting in an overemphasis upon heterosexual marriage.” Yuan’s book Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God urges celibacy for anyone not in a heterosexual marriage.