Science may one day produce an answer to homosexuality says Brexit Party MEP 

People across the political spectrum have condemned Ann Widdecombe's comments, which many claim imply that being gay is something to be "cured".  

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Why this story matters:

Newly elected Brexit party MEP, Ann Widdecombe, has attracted attention this week for her anti-LGBT comments.

Widdecombe’s views on gay conversion therapy, expressed in 2012, were revisited this week in an interview. She previously suggested that LGBT activists do not let "the unhappy homosexual" seek therapy that will "help him to become heterosexual". 

It was when she was being quizzed about her past remarks that she elaborated, stating:

"I also pointed out that there was a time when we thought it was quite impossible for men to become women and vice versa and the fact that we now think it is quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn’t mean that science may not yet produce an answer at some stage."

The statement angered many, as they believed she was implying that science would one day provide a "cure" to homosexuality.

The comments have been condemned from figures across politics. Former-Tory-MP-turned-independent, Nick Boles dubbed the comments "deplorable" continuing, "If only science could produce an answer to the blight of poisonous bigotry that is Ann Widdecombe."  The Major of London also said Ms Widdecombe was "peddling homophobic nonsense". Labour MP Luke Pollard also responded over twitter saying:

Details from the story:

  • Widdecombe's comments about gay conversion therapy were aired during an interview on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday. 
  • The Brexit party is not expected to adopt such views in its manifesto according to Widdecombe. 


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