Ex-gay group stripped of charitable status in New Zealand

Published: September 8, 2010

The Exodus Ministries Trust Board is no longer eligible for tax-exempt status in New Zealand as the Charities Commission concluded last month that it is not certain if the group can be said to be providing a public benefit given that professional groups have discredited ex-gay or reparative therapy.

The New Zealand affiliate of US-based Exodus Global Alliance, which claims "change in homosexuality is possible through the power of Jesus Christ", states in its application that the group considers homosexuality to be “morally wrong” and that a “homosexual can change from homosexuality to heterosexuality”.

New Zealand’s Stuff.co.nz reported that although the group had enjoyed charitable status (exempt from income tax) for more than a decade, that status was not renewed by the government’s Charities Commission.

In its 15-page statement dated 18 August 2010, the Charities Commission gave various reasons for denying the group’s 2008 application to be registered as a charitable entity saying that the Applicant’s purposes were not “exclusively charitable” and the Commission was unable to determine whether the Applicant provided a “public benefit."

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