Thank you for contacting me about proposals to ban gay conversion therapy.
I will want to see the final shape of any proposals for legislation before committing myself on how I might vote in the House.
I note that legislation in the few countries that have banned GCT generally focuses on medical treatments and situations in which consent is absent.
In the meantime, i have a number of concerns. In my view, if legislation is to be brought forward, it must
- define clearly and precisely what is covered by any ban
- not criminalise consensual conversations between adults
- not criminalise legitimate pastoral guidance in a religious setting which has been freely sought by a responsible adult
- not criminalise non-coercive, non-abusive parental guidance of their children.
I understand that there is concern that some of the very broad definitions of what activities would be covered by a ban would criminalise consensual exchanges between adults: on civil liberties grounds, I can see substantial objections to such an outcome.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP