Debra Faulkner: "All the stories you've been told are not true."
The parents of Bryce Faulkner, a young man who was reported missing by friends and his boyfriend, say he is undergoing anti-gay counseling at his own will.
"He's fine," Debra Faulkner told FOXNews.com. "All the stories you've been told are not true."
However, a man who claims to be Bryce's boyfriend doubts the validity of Mrs. Faulkner's statement.
Travis Swanson says he and Faulkner are boyfriends and refuses to take down a website to help Bryce until he is told to do so by his alleged boyfriend. Now Bryce's parents are threatening to sue.
"[Bryce] got caught up with friends who were pulling him that way," Mrs. Faulkner said. "He just wants to take some time and figure out what he wants to do with his life."
Through a statement released by a family spokesperson, Bryce says he is seeking treatment on his own accord.
"Every decision that I've made has been based solely upon my beliefs and I have not been manipulated or coerced by anyone to do anything," Bryce Faulkner's statement read. He declined further comment.
Meanwhile, Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, says roughly 250 local ministries affiliated with the Orlando-based organization continue to counsel people who are struggling with homosexuality. Chambers is aware of Faulkner's story, but as a matter of policy, he declined to confirm or deny whether Faulkner has attended Exodus' programs. (According to its Web site, Harvest Outreach Church in Pensacola, Fla., is an affiliate church to Exodus International.)
"We believe that [homosexuality] wasn't God's design," Chambers told FOXNews.com. "We have a decision to make when it comes to how we steward our sexuality."
Chambers, who is married with two children, says he continues to be "tempted" by homosexual urges, but said he's decided that it wasn't something that matched his faith.
"My life and my struggle is very common," he said. "But having lived both sides of this hotly contested debate, I don't want anything else."
Asked if he had any advice for the Faulkners, Chambers replied: "We meet with so many people who, as parents, are struggling with their children's decisions. Your number one goal is to stay in a relationship with your children, regardless if you agree with their decision or not. Tolerance is a two-way street."
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