Oxford Pride condemns conversion therapy open letter

Feb 17, 2022 by

from BBC News:

Church leaders and an LGBT charity from Oxfordshire have condemned a letter signed by Christian ministers opposing a ban on conversion therapy.

The letter to Equalities Minister Liz Truss was written in response to a consultation on outlawing the “potentially harmful” practice.

It is signed by 2,500 ministers and pastoral workers, and says banning it would breach their legal rights.

But Oxford Pride said it was “disgusted and disappointed” by the letter.

According to NHS England, conversion therapy tries to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

It warns that all forms of the practice are “unethical and potentially harmful”.

In October, the government opened a public consultation on its plans to make administering “talking therapy” for under-18s or non-consenting adults illegal.

The letter describes conversion therapy as a category “so broad as to be essentially meaningless” and legislation to ban it “strongly risks” criminalising ministers.

It said while signatories “do not consider that there is a particular defect or deficiency those who identify as LGBT have”, the “internal desires to commit sexual sin… are certainly defects and deficiencies”.

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