An anti-gay billboard in Louisville, Ky. is causing controversy because it advocates gay conversion therapy, which has been debunked by every major medical and psychological association in America.
The billboard, created by the Christian organization Abba's Delight, states: "Not everyone who is gay is happy. You have options."
"This specifically targets people who have same-sex attractions that are unwanted," Abba's Delight founder Daniel Mingo told WTXF Fox 29 (video below).
"Abba's Delight is a ministry that helps people who are uncomfortable with their same-sex attractions," added Mingo.
"I walked away from homosexuality 21 years ago," stated Mingo. "Because I knew it wasn't in line with God's will for my life."
"For someone who isn't happy in the gay lifestyle, that's not a hate message," Mingo told WLKY. "That's a message of salvation. That's a message of hope. It's a matter of their faith. They're not able to reconcile their attractions with their faith."
However, Chris Hartman, the director of the Fairness Campaign, slammed the billboard.
"To suggest that this organization is going to help someone is an exact obfuscation of the truth. Tt's the opposite, they're going to harm 90 percent of the people that walk in and out of their door," explained Hartman. "An organization like this really needs to be shut down."
The Abba's Delight website stresses that people do not choose same-sex attraction:
Because we do not choose to whom we will be attracted, homosexual attractions or feelings are not chosen. However, because we do choose our actions, our decision whether or not to engage in homosexual activities is a choice.
...We cannot help to whom we are attracted, so our responsibility begins with the decision about how we will respond to those attractions.
While counseling is offered on the site, there is no mention of Mingo holding a psychology degree on the bio part of the website.