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News: UK

Tue 14 Jun, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


Seeking to support men and women with homosexual issues who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression

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Over 50 members of the Belfast’s gay community have taken to the city streets to picket and protest a conference that was aimed at deterring people away from homosexuality.

Roughly 15 people are believed to be attending the event in a Church of Ireland venue, which is run by the Core Issues Trust.

The event, presented by American speaker David Pickup who promotes "reparative therapy", has caused controversy among the LGBT community resulting in many protesting outside the venue.

Core Issues describes itself as a non-profit Christian organisation "seeking to support men and women with homosexual issues who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression."



Discussions taking place include how parents can help their children “avoid homosexuality” and the road to freedom from homosexuality.

The rector of the parish has defended the decision to hold the conference and has explained that each event is taken on a case-by-case basis whilst insisting that not all are linked to the views of the parish.

According to the BBC, rector Canon Tom Keightley released the following statement: "In agreeing to the request by this organisation for its event, I did so on the understanding that the organisation seeks only to work with those who want its help and that it is acceptable to allow the opportunity for open debate in this area of life in all its complexity,

"The church itself is not involved with the running of the event or with the organisation, nor with the event's promotion."

 

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