Misinterpretation of conversion therapy ban bill causing confusion in some churches

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09/07/2021

Concerns have been raised about how far the proposed legislation goes, and whether parents could be criminalised for having conversations with their children about their sexuality or gender identity. The Bill aims to protect people from conversion practices intended to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Submissions for the bill close in two days time, but despite government clarification – some church groups won’t accept the bill unless amendments are made. Former pastor and now Lead Advisor at the Human Rights Commission, Andre Afamasaga spent 15 years following conversion therapy practices.

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