A controversial US ex-gay program has been told to shut down two of its facilities.

Tennessee health authorities inspected two Love In Action facilities in Memphis last month and found the group was providing mental health services without a licence, Associated Press reported.

Love In Action, a Christian group that runs programs it claims can rid people of homosexuality, has until 23 September to close the two services and seek a licence.

The organisation would face fines and imprisonment if it kept operating the unlicenced facilities.

Earlier this year, Tennessee authorities investigated Love In Action following allegations of child abuse, after gay teenager Zach detailed on his blogs fears because his parents were sending him to an ex-gay camp.

The investigation found nothing to support the abuse allegations.

Zach was later identified by his father. Joe Stark said he felt very good about his decision to send his son to Love In Action, 365Gay.com reported.

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