Germany Considers Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy
“Homosexuality is not an illness.” So said German Health Minister Jens Spahn yesterday, announcing his intent to draft a law prohibiting the controversial practice. Spahn, who is gay, said he consulted a 46-member expert commission that determined such a ban is constitutional and “medically necessary.” He hopes to present a bill to Parliament by the end of the year.
How widespread is conversion therapy? While less common in Germany, watchdogs say some 1,000 people fall victim to it annually, pressured by religious figures, therapists and even family members.
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