UK government to crack down on 'gay cures'

Published: November 20, 2013

The UK government has decided to crackdown on ‘gay cure’ therapy but has ruled out legislation for now.

 
The House of Commons has met to discuss a ban on conversion therapy.
 
Described as ‘voodoo treatments’, the majority of the members of parliament (MPs) at the Westminster Hall meeting backed a ban.
 
Sandra Osbourne, the Labour MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cunmock who began the call, said: ‘Conversion therapy is a very real problem in this country.
 
‘This isn’t a simplistic debate about the freedom to choose.
 
‘Teens are often forced to undertake this therapy under pressure or coercion, and this is hardly a freedom to choose to “change” their sexuality.’
The debate was called for in the House of Commons after Labour MP Geraint Davies set out an Early Day Motion that got 53 signatures.
 
He is also introducing a Private Members’ Bill on the regulation of the psychotherapy sector and has written to the Secretary of State for Health.
 
Davies’ bill will receive its second reading on Friday (22 November).
 
‘Anyone can set themselves up as a counsellor or psychotherapist without training or experience with no recourse for the patient if something goes wrong,’ Davies said.
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