Stormont set to debate "conversion therapy"

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The Stormont Assembly is set to debate conversion therapy today.

It's a controversial practice which seeks to change a person's sexual orientation.

The UUP's motion calls for a ban on it in all its forms - but a DUP amendment is seeking to exclude religious practices from this. 

However, Amnesty International says that so called 'praying the gay away' is just as unacceptable as any other approach.

The group's Director in Northern Ireland, Patrick Corrigan, says MLAs need to make sure any ban covers all bases: 

(Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International)


Aisling Twomey Policy manager with the Rainbow project says any therapy that deems there is something wrong with those questioning their sexuality or gender orientiation is harmful: 

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