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Queen’s Speech confirms laws to ban conversion remedy

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Plans to carry ahead laws outlawing so-called conversion remedy have been detailed within the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday.

The speech confirmed that transgender folks won’t be lined by the ban: “Recognising the complexity of points and wish for additional cautious thought, we’ll perform separate work to think about the difficulty of Transgender Conversion Remedy additional.”

The laws will solely totally cowl under-18s, with adults allowed to consent to the remedy.

The plans have been confirmed by the federal government regardless of an indignant backlash from LGBT campaigners who’re pushing for transgender folks to be included within the ban.

Simon Calvert, spokesperson for The Christian Institute’s Let Us Pray marketing campaign, has warned in opposition to legislative overreach and stated that the Invoice should not be allowed to develop into a type of blasphemy legislation that criminalises the expression of sure opinions.

“Everybody deserves to be shielded from verbal and bodily abuse. However No.10’s leaked memo on conversion remedy confirmed that LGBT individuals are already protected by current legislation, a degree made by former No.10 Director of Legislative Affairs, Nikki da Costa,” he stated. 

“The memo additionally admitted that ‘the proof base for additional legislative measures on conversion remedy is weak’. There may be at all times a hazard of unintended penalties in any piece of laws however legislating blind, within the absence of an proof base, is particularly harmful.

“Pursuing this Invoice appears to be extra about placating indignant backbenchers than addressing an precise hole within the legislation.”

Mr Calvert expressed concern about calls from LGBT campaigners for the ban to incorporate “gentle, non-coercive prayer” and the teaching of abstinence, and from Humanists UK asking that it include confession and repentance.

His issues have been echoed by Jason Coppel QC who in his expert legal advice warned {that a} broadly worded ban may criminalise Christian mother and father and the odd work of church buildings, together with prayer, pastoral conversations and preaching.

“The Authorities says it desires to guard non secular freedoms within the laws however lots of these calling for the ban merely don’t agree with them,” he stated.

“They need the ban to be a brand new speech crime – a sort of LGBT blasphemy legislation – to criminalise those that categorical the ‘fallacious’ opinions.

“By pushing ahead with a ban the Authorities dangers handing these activists a veto on the odd, harmless, on a regular basis practices of church buildings.”

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