British government is afraid of consequences of the ‘gay cure therapy’ ban

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It is currently legal for unregulated persons and faith groups to attempt to ‘cure’ people of homosexuality in the UK, though the local medical institution s admit such practices as harmful and ineffective. The government has been repeatedly pressed over its failure to listen to campaigners on the issue – and here comes one more quite controversial respond that could hardly be understood. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price admitted the government had no way of knowing if the practice is occurring but claimed that it is hard to see the sistematically developing problem. “We remain of the view that a blunt legislative tool is not the right vehicle for achieving this goal. Conversion therapy is a broad term for a range of techniques and practices: creating a criminal offence would be challenging at the most fundamental level, as it would be difficult to define holistically,” the minister added, “The Government Equalities Office (GEO) included questions on conversion therapy in the national LGBT survey, which it launched in 2017. The survey received more than 100,000 responses, making it one of the largest surveys of LGBT people’s experiences ever conducted. The GEO is currently analysing the results and will be publishing the Government’s response later this year that will consider all policy responses. As part of the response to the survey, GEO will be investigating what steps the Government as a whole could take – in addition to the existing work Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has undertaken – and working with relevant departments to end this practice. I recognise the damage that conversion therapy can cause and the DHSC is committed to working with GEO to explore how we can end this practice in the UK.”

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