Ending conversion practices in Scotland: Christian leaders should not be prevented from providing pastoral support

In response to the Scottish Government’s latest proposals on ending conversion practices, Fred Drummond, director of the Evangelical Alliance, Scotland, said:

“The Evangelical Alliance welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the consultation on ending conversion practices. No one should be forced or coerced into trying to change their sexuality, and we support measures to strengthen the law to ensure that criminal actions are properly addressed. However, any changes to the law should ensure people are free to seek out and receive the support they choose, and no law should prevent Christian leaders from teaching what they believe, supporting their congregation and providing prayer and pastoral support to those who request it.

“The Evangelical Alliance are reviewing the proposals carefully, to assess whether the proposed changes are addressing a gap in the law – we believe the law already covers abusive and forced practices – and what the impact of a new law would be. We will shortly provide further guidance on the measures proposed and will be encouraging our members to respond to the consultation.”

Notes to editors

The consultation from the Scottish Government which is open until 2 April can be found here: consult.gov.scot/equal...

To find out more about how the Evangelical Alliance has engaged with proposals around conversion therapy over the last few years visit: eauk.org/what-we-do/public-policy/ending-conversion-therapy

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