Jan Brewer, Arizona's Republican governor, has denounced a fake story which claims Arizona is working on a mandatory school program to turn gay kids straight.

“Beginning November 1st of this year, the state of Arizona is implementing a mandatory school program designed for all children grades K-12 to help homosexual males and women become straight,” Paul Horner reported in the National Report.

The hoax story quoted Brewer, an opponent of gay rights, promoting the program on Fox News.

“I think this will be an amazing opportunity for gay children to finally learn who they truly are for once in their lives. Can you imagine how much more productive these 'now-straight' children will be not always being bullied or wondering why God made them defective? What we have done here today is monumental. I can only hope and pray that other states follow suit,” Brewer is quoted as saying.

According to the fake report, Dean Huls of the “ex-gay” group People Can Change also praised the program.

“Since 2000 'People Can Change' has been helping thousands of children resolve their unwanted same-sex attractions. We bring the gay demons out of these individuals so they can become who God intended them to be. Our success and track record speaks for itself.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was quoted as saying that fewer “gays in our jails makes for a smoother running prison system. There will be no more prancing around along with all the other gay activities that homosexuals like to do.”

The story was widely shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Brewer's office denounced the story, calling it “phony and vile.”