A Christian group fighting to keep ‘gay cures’ legal in the UK has been left red-faced after they ‘misinterpreted’ a statement made by psychiatrists.
The Core Issues Trust pronounced their victory today after saying Royal College of Psychiatrists had made it clear people are not born gay.
Calling it a ‘major admission’, they criticized the college for continuing to support a ban on conversion therapy.
Mike Davidson, the director of Core Issues Trust, interpreted two lines of a two-page document as proof of the change in view.
‘They now say that the causes of homosexuality are a combination of “biological and postnatal environment factors”,’ he quoted.
‘So, if a child does not encounter such postnatal life experiences, he or she will grow up heterosexual.’
Davidson also points to another line, that reads: ‘It is not the case that sexual orientation is immutable or might not vary to some extend in a person’s life.’
The full paragraph from the college explains further sexual orientation is still set at a point that is largely homosexual or heterosexual, with bisexuals the only ones that have a degree of choice.
But the ‘gay cure’ director condemns the college for being inconsistent, saying they should not support a ban on ‘people voluntarily seeking professional counseling to change unwanted same-sex feelings’.
Speaking to Gay Star News, a Royal College of Psychiatrists spokeswoman said it was a clear ‘misinterpretation’ of their actual statement.
‘Homosexuality is not a psychiatric disorder,’ it reads. ‘The College believes strongly in evidence-based treatment. There is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed.
‘The College would not support a therapy for converting people from homosexuality any more than we would do so from heterosexuality.
‘Psychiatrists should be committed to reducing inequalities, not supporting practices that are explicitly based on pathologizing homosexuality. As such, the College remains in favor of legislative efforts to ban such conversion therapies.’