The rumors first posted by Peterson Toscano yesterday have been verified. Josh Morgan, communications manager for Love In Action (LIA), confirmed to XGW this morning that John Smid, president and CEO, has indeed resigned, and that they will release a statement in their monthly newsletter. It will be available online at their website starting April 1st.

LIA has been the subject of much controversy, but they are probably best known to readers for the Zach controversy from 2005, when a teenager was forced by his parents to attend the youth program Refuge after coming out to them at age 16. LIA has since been involved in court battles with the State of Tennessee, and later closed the controversial Refuge program.

LIA maintains that homosexuality is a myth (PDF), and treat homosexual behavior as sin to be conquered, similar to an addiction. As with most such programs, they concentrate on controlling behavior as virtuous, regardless if any change in desire occurs. Stories from some of their past participants are quite upsetting.

LIA is an Exodus member ministry.

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