Court to review removal of pastor’s ex-gay testimonies from Vimeo

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Originally published in Premier Christian News

A federal court had decided to review a previous court case involving the liability of video hosting service Vimeo concerning removing an account hosting ex-gay content.

The Second Circuit of Appeals announced that they have agreed to rehear Pastor James Domen v. Vimeo, a recent legal case involving claims of Christian censorship. The lawsuit came about after Vimeo suspended Jim Domen’s account from the service after he posted several videos of individuals who decided to leave the LGBTQ community to pursue their faith. According to the initial ban, the videos violated their terms of service due to promoting what Vimeo designated to be conversion therapy. Vimeo claims that this practice is protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a statute in the law that has been highly controversial among conservatives and progressives alike.

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Domen is the leader of Church United, an organisation that aims to “equip pastors as culture changers by sending them to Washington, DC and Sacramento, California” via local and national conventions. Domen also describes himself as an ‘ex-homosexual.” Domen claims that the ban was a directed ban designed to discriminate specifically against him. Doren told the Christian Post that he was convinced the ban was a “direct assault on my faith … not only … my story, but all these other former LGBTQ people.”

The initial ruling had sided with Vimeo in the case, followed by a reaffirmation by the Second Circuit. The Second Circuit judge felt the verdict was correct, claiming that “This policy [to ban conversion therapy-oriented content], in turn, fell within the confines of the good-faith content policing immunity that the CDA provides to interactive computer services.” 

If Domen’s argument fails again at an Appeals level, the pastoral leader intends to take it to the Supreme Court.

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