NARTH, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality has just had its tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS. In a move similar to what the IRS did with Peter LaBarbera‘s anti-gay hate group, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) the IRS gave NARTH several years to file the appropriate tax-exempt forms, and yet they did not. AFTAH had its tax-exemot status restored later. NARTH is a notorious purveyor of fraudulent or faulty so called “ex-gay” therapy, which practically every major medical association has labeled harmful.
An expert in documenting the ex-gay industry, Warren Throckmorton, via an email writes:
“At the same time NARTH (National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) is using the lawsuits against the state of CA to solicit donations, they have lost their tax exempt status.”
Throckmorton’s website adds:
In September 2012, the tax exempt status of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) was revoked due to failure to file Form 990 for three consecutive years. The notice of revocation was yesterday according to the IRS website.
It is difficult to know what this means. NARTH has never been a wealthy organization and conference attendance has declined in recent years. Members are hoping to maintain their ability to conduct reparative therapy with minors in CA via lawsuits against the state to overturn SB 1172 (see this article for more on SB 1172 and thenNARTH’s perspective). NARTH has been actively soliciting donations to help support their legal actions. One would not be able to tell from the website that those donations are not deductible.
One of NARTH’s most famous members, George Rekers, resigned from NARTH’s board of directors after being discovered in a Florida airport having returned from a European vacation with a “rent boy.”
Throckmorton himself was a member of NARTH until his resignation in 2006.