News by email Donate

Suggestions

CONVERSION THERAPY 1 banner.JPG
CONVERSION THERAPY 1 THUMB.JPG
World News

Gov says it's 'carefully considering' conversion therapy plans following Christian MP's question

by Kelly Valencia

The Government is said to be "carefully considering" plans to ban conversion therapy, following a written question by Christian MP Alex Cunningham. 

Banning conversion therapy was one of the Conservative promises during the 2019 general elections. Since then, several ministers for women and equalities have tried to make progress on the issue. 

Kemi Badenoch is currently the minister for women and equalities.

In October 2021, the government started a consultation to gather people's experiences and thoughts on banning conversion therapy. 

Launched by the then Equalities Ministers, Liz Truss and Mike Freer, the consultation was extended by eight weeks due to legal threats - it ended in mid-December. 

In April this year, ITV leaked a government document revealing they were planning on dropping legislation on the issue altogether and were looking to explore other non-legislative routes.

But following the backlash from the LGBT+ community, the government U-turned and confirm legislation to ban conversion therapy was moving forward but only to outlaw practices which seek to change someone's sexuality but not those which seek to change people's sexual identity.

In May, and following the government's renewed commitment to ban the practice during the Queen's speech, Mike Freer launched a government-funded support service for victims of conversion therapy.
Since then, no other progress has been made. 

In a recent written question to parliament, labour MP for Stockton North asked when the Government will publish its response to the consultation on its plan to ban LGBT+ conversion practices.

Stuart Andrew, the parliamentary under-secretary for the Minister for Equalities responded: "We are carefully considering all the responses to the consultation and will respond in due course. In the meantime, we have launched a support service open to all victims or those at risk of conversion practices regardless of their background or circumstances." 
 

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate