Condemning Conversion Therapy


On July 8th 2017 Jayne led a Private Members Motion debate in the General Synod for the Church of England, which successfully led to the Synod publicly condemning Conversion Therapy and calling on Her Majesty’s Government to ban it.

The full agreed text of the amended motion is set out in the ensuring Church of England press release.  Given there was a vote by houses, the final voting results have also been made publicly available.

As background, both Jayne and the Secretary General of the Archbishops’ Council provided briefing papers.

Given the interest in the science supporting the debate, Prof Michael King and Prof Robert Song wrote a supporting ‘Science and Sexuality’ briefing note which was circulated to all Synod members along with a link to speeches from leading scientists, who had addressed a Synod fringe meeting in February 2017 (which Jayne had organised) on the subject of Science of Sexuality.

The debate can be watched below beginning (at 1hr 17mins).  Hard copies of both Jayne‘s speech and that of the Bishop of Liverpool are available to download.

Media Coverage

Synod votes signal a shift in power, campaigners say – Church Times, July 13th 2017

‘People can’t alter their desire’ Church bosses call for ban on gay conversion therapy – Express, July 18th 2017

Oxford Christian Jayne Ozanne ‘thrilled’ by Church’s bid to ban gay conversion therapy – Oxford Times, July 11th 2017

Church of England demands ban on Conversion Therapy – The Guardian, July 8th 2017

Church of England Synod backs transgender services – The Times, July 9th 2017

Church of England bishops back motion urging ban on gay conversion therapy – Daily Mail, July 8th 2017

Church of England bishops back motion calling for a ban on “unethical” gay conversion therapy – Independent, July 8th 2017

C of E urged to oppose “spiritual abuse” of gay Christians conversion therapy – AOL, July 8th 2017

Church of England’s General Synod condemns gay “conversion therapy” – Christian Today, July 8th 2017

During Pride in London, Synod in York calls for ban on conversion therapy – Church Times, July 8th 2017

Church of England activist from Oxford calls for condemnation of ‘horrific’ conversion therapy – Oxford Times, July 5th 2017

It’s not a disorder: Church of England urged to condemn gay “conversion therapy” – Sunday Times, July 2nd 2017

Church looks set to condemn “gay cures” as Archbishops say sexuality report will not appear until 2020 – The Telegraph, June 23rd 2017

Church of England to debate condemning gay conversion therapy – Pink News, May 26th 2017

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