Warren Throckmorton reported on his blog yesterday that virulently anti-gay NARTH (National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) lost its tax exempt status as of September 2012. According to Throckmorton:
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September 2012, the tax exempt status of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) was revoked due to failure to file Form 990 for three consecutive years.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. [SNIP]
NARTH’s website advises prospective donors that their donations will be tax deductible but it appears such deductions after September 15, 2012 may not be allowed.
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 then NARTH’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. [emphasis mine]
NARTH may finally be seeing the consequences for peddling virulently anti-gay junk science. According to the SLPC (Southern Poverty Law Center), "Billing itself as the counterweight to the two most prominent mental health authorities — the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association — NARTH pushes the idea, with the zeal of a religious movement, that no one is born gay and that a person’s sexual orientation can be changed through what is known as “reparative” or “conversion” therapy, also commonly called “ex-gay” therapy. At the heart of this argument is the belief that homosexuality is an unnatural deviation from normal sexual development, a form of mental disorder."
The world will be all the better if NARTH is investigated for offering tax deductions after having their status revoked. And it would be near perfect if NARTH went under completely. Here's to hoping...