Church of England to open inquiry into ‘gay cure therapy’

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby speaks during the General Synod on February 15, 2016 in London, England. The General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Two Church of England bishops have backed an inquiry into gay conversion therapy which will take evidence from people who were subjected to it by a number of religious groups, even though these practices have repeatedly been proven to be ineffective and damaging for people’s health, mental and in some cases physical. The Sunday Times reports that the Church of England said that God’s house should be opened for everyone, no people are ‘wrong’ or ‘problematic’ in the eyes of God. The Ozanne Foundation, a charity that promotes equality and religious diversity, is preparing to launch a survey in the UK of ‘gay cure therapy’ survivors and the two senior bishops of the church have announced their support to it. The Church of England has previously been vocal about its opposition to the harmful practice. In July 2017, the Church of England voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion calling for a ban on the practice. They also reiterated at that meeting that conversion therapy should not be permitted within the Church of England because these practices are usually performed by people with njo medical education and they are not qualified enough to proclaim them as effective.

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