“Ex-gay” pastor loses lawsuit against Vimeo for taking down videos promoting conversion therapy

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03/14/2021

A pastor who identifies as a “former homosexual” has officially lost his lawsuit attempting to force the video streaming service to host his videos promoting so-called conversion therapy. In a ruling issued this week, the court found that due to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Vimeo was right to take down the videos and user account of James Domen, founder of the “ex-LGBTQ” United Church of California. Domen initially lost his lawsuit in 2019 in the U.S. District Court of Southern New York, but appealed to the Second Circuit of Appeals. A three-judge panel heard the case in December and ruled against it on March 11. “We agree with the district court that Section 230(c)(2) of the Communications Decency Act provides Vimeo, Inc., with immunity from suit and requires dismissal of Appellants’ claims,” the latest ruling reads. “Therefore, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court.” Domen is an “ex-gay” man who is now a father and married to a woman, who has advocated against LGBTQ rights and even legislation such as the Equality Act, claiming that would create a “super class for anyone identifying as LGBTQ at the expense of people who are not,” especially when it comes to “religious freedom.”

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