Senator called to retract comments on gay conversion therapy

Senator called to retract comments on gay conversion therapy
Senator Rónán Mullen

Senator Rónán Mullen is being called on to withdraw remarks in which he questioned if conversion therapy should be allowed.

After Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield described it as "cruel" in the Seanad yesterday, Senator Mullen replied:

If it cannot be shown to be harmful to people, we are back into the realm of individual choice.

However, he added: "I do not know enough about it at this stage but if it can be demonstrated that this is harmful to people, there is a very good case to make it unlawful."

Doctor Mary McAuliffe, an Assistant Professor in Gender Studies, says conversion therapy is disturbing and dangerous:

"Somebody like Senator Mullen mentioning that in the Seanad implies that people who are LGBT have some sort of disorder that needs to be corrected rather than people who happen to be that way.

"I think that is a disturbing and dangerous route to go down," she added.

Meanwhile, Google has bowed to pressure to remove an app accused of promoting gay conversion therapy, months after Apple, Amazon and Microsoft took action.

The Living Hope Ministries app, made by an American Christian group, offered a number of guides that claim to help “sexually broken guys” by building a “deeper relationship with God” through prayer.

More on this topic

Seanad sits for first time in wake of referendumSeanad sits for first time in wake of referendum

Taoiseach to 'look at' making Seanad more effectiveTaoiseach to 'look at' making Seanad more effective

Flanagan: Seanad reform may 'eclipse Dáil reform'Flanagan: Seanad reform may 'eclipse Dáil reform'

Rebel FG TDs looking for quick reform of SeanadRebel FG TDs looking for quick reform of Seanad

More in this Section

Calls for Govt to pause naturalisation applications after court rulingCalls for Govt to pause naturalisation applications after court ruling

Gardaí continue to question man as Dublin stabbing victim named locallyGardaí continue to question man as Dublin stabbing victim named locally

Cork man claims man 'laughing away' during court hearing gifted him cash seized during Garda raidCork man claims man 'laughing away' during court hearing gifted him cash seized during Garda raid

Construction accidents drop despite increase in activityConstruction accidents drop despite increase in activity


Lifestyle

Garbage offered a pop twist on grunge’s maximalist angst when they materialised in a dramatic swirl in the mid-Nineties. Like a candy-cane Nirvana, they were bleak and baroque but with tunes you could hum in the dark.Garbage's return to Dublin well worth the wait

Circle back to fashion's hottest retro print, says Annmarie O'Connor.Trend of the Week: Circling back to fashion's hottest retro print

Ever wondered what it would be like to move lock, stock and barrel into a tiny home, like the ones on Netflix’s Tiny House Nation?Are you ready to join the tiny-house movement?

Kya deLongchamps reports back on the performance of her photovoltaic array and wonders if it could handle the addition of an electric carDIY: Get ready for a natural high

More From The Irish Examiner