Ecuador to crack down on clinics that 'cure' gays
Ecuador's health ministry says it will investigate and act forcefully against any clinics found to use coercion in an attempt to get homosexuals to change their sexual orientation.
Gay rights activists in the South American country say four clinics that engaged in such practices have been closed down in recent months but dozens more are in operation.
Health ministry spokesman David Troya tells The Associated Press that the agency will deal firmly and drastically with any clinics that offer so-called "de-homosexualization" treatment.
Newly named Health Minister Carina Vance has publicly defended gay rights, and Troya says the Cabinet minister is hiring someone to work exclusively on the issue.