New law in France punishes "transformation" of homosexuals into heterosexuals

Pride Parade in Paris, France / June 26, 2021 / Photo: EPA-EFE / IAN LANGSDON

This law will apply to those who consider homosexuality a disease and that, when it comes to homosexuality, there is nothing to treat

The adoption of the new law in France bans so-called "conversion therapy" and imposes fines and imprisonment on anyone who uses any unscientific methods in an attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of members of the LGBTI community.

The law was adopted unanimously with 142 for and none against.

Face steps with LGBTI flag raised at the Pride Parade in Paris, France / 26 June 2021, Photo: EPA-EFE / IAN LANGSDON

Penalties are prescribed for quack doctors who want to "transform" homosexuals into heterosexuals.

The MPs assessed that the law will apply to those who consider homosexuality a disease and that, when it comes to homosexuality, there is nothing to treat it.

A prison sentence of up to two years and a fine of up to 30.000 euros is prescribed.

If juveniles or other vulnerable groups are involved, the penalty can be up to three years in prison and 45.000 euros.

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