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"Ex-gay" therapy is harmful, UK government says

LONDON -- Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller has responded to a parliamentary question on gay conversion therapy by instructing Health Minister Norman Lamb to outline the government’s official position.

It was after Diane Johnson, the Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull North, asked Miller for her views on the subject in reference to counselors and psychotherapists who have sought to provide the discredited medical practice.

In response, the Lib Dem Health Minister Norman Lamb said: “The Department of Health does not condone the concept of therapists offering ‘cures’ for homosexuality. There is no evidence that this sort of treatment is beneficial and indeed it may well cause significant harm, to some patients.

“It is incumbent on professionals working in the National Health Service to ensure that treatment and care, including therapy, is provided to every patient without any form of discrimination.”

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