Jury deliberations begin in trial of New Jersey nonprofit that offers 'gay conversion' therapy

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Jury deliberations have begun in the civil trial of a New Jersey nonprofit that offers so-called gay conversion therapy.

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The seven-person jury began deliberating Thursday morning.

Four young men sued the group in 2012 under New Jersey's consumer fraud laws. They claim the group Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing made false promises that it could turn gay men straight.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the group lied about its success rate and used methods that had no scientific basis.

The group's attorneys have argued that it didn't make guarantees and should be allowed to offer help to people struggling with their sexuality.

According to testimony, the group's methods included using a tennis racket to beat a pillow that was meant to represent one man's mother.