A parent looking for advice from televangelist Pat Robertson on what to do about a son's coming out, was told to ask whether he was molested.

“My 16-year-old son says he's gay. What do I do?” the parent wrote in to Robertson.

“I think you need to pray for him,” Robertson answered. “ I think you need to counsel with him.”

“Is there really a biological thing going on? Or has he been influenced? Has a coach molested him? … These kids are in a formative state and sure they may have some attractions to people of the same sex. I mean, they don't know what they are doing; they're teenagers. So, some, you know, they go for the opposite sex. Some are attracted to one another. And there are a lot of things that happen. So, don't write him off. I think what you need to do is talk to him, counsel with him. And be understanding,” Robertson said, stressing the need to be understanding. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

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