Consenting adults should have the right to engage in gay conversion therapy

A letter from Tom Ferguson:
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I am somewhat bemused at the attitude of the Sinn Fein minister Deidre Hargey who is calling for a ban on ‘Gay conversion therapy’.

Now I have no idea how effective these therapies are. As is the case with most therapies, some claim they work, others that they are useless or even harmful.

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However, if the therapy is carried out between consenting adults in private it is no business of the state to interfere.

This is what the homosexual lobby used to say about state interference into their private lives, so why would they deny other individuals the right to privately participate in a particular activity, even if they don’t approve? Why the inconsistency, indeed hypocrisy?

As a postscript, regarding sex education in primary schools, perhaps the 1990s campaign, ‘Stop Pimpimg our Kids’ should be resurrected?

Tom Ferguson, Ballymoney

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