Kemi Badenoch intervenes as new Trans law ‘could turn parents into criminals’

Kemi Badenoch intervenes as new Trans law ‘could turn parents into criminals’

As opposition to the ideas mounted, the equalities minister wrote to every Conservative MP to stress that a ban on transgender conversion therapy must not criminalise parents.

Kemi Badenoch is reportedly planning to express her reservations about the new law, which was revealed in the Commons on Tuesday, in a very unusual move.

She will issue a warning that religious freedom must be protected and that genuine dialogue between parents and transgender children must not be made illegal.

She will send out a warning and stress how important it is to maintain religious freedom and the right of parents to talk openly with their transgender children.

The letter came after the government was involved in a controversy over Nicola Sturgeon’s proposals to make it easier to change gender, and it underlines worries in Downing Street that Tory MPs may revolt over the adoption of the conversion therapy prohibition. 

As the first piece of Scottish legislation to be vetoed since devolution, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said in the Commons on Tuesday that he would vote against an SNP Bill that would let kids change their gender at the age of 16.

Conservative MPs and activists worry that the ban could make parents, teachers, and doctors who are just trying to figure out if a child really wants to change their gender into criminals.

Damian Green, a former deputy prime minister who opposed efforts to include transgender people in the conversion therapy ban, said on Tuesday that he would wait until the draught bill was released to see if it allayed his concerns.

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