An MP has called for there to be no religious exemptions in the government’s forthcoming ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’.
Speaking in a debate about LGBT Pride Month, Labour’s Angela Eagle said the government ‘must introduce a ban on conversion therapy, with no religious exemptions and no loopholes’.
A ban on conversion therapy means it would be illegal to encourage someone to resist acting upon gay or transgender temptations.
Unless religious exemptions are included, preaching, praying, pastoring – and even parenting – in line with biblical teaching could be illegal.
The government has promised to introduce a ban, but has said it is complex. The government says it does not want ordinary religious practices to become unlawful.
However, campaigners are pushing hard for a complete ban. One leading activist, Jayne Ozanne, has called for ‘gentle non-coercive prayer’ on sexual ethics to be made illegal.
But Boris Johnson said in April, ‘I do not want to see clergy and church members criminalised for normal non-coercive activity.’
Meanwhile in Scotland a consultation on a ban on conversion therapy has been launched.