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A statement by the Royal College of Psychiatrists that people are not born gay has been welcomed as "a major admission" by a Christian charity that helps men and women change unwanted same-sex feelings.
Core Issues Trust (CIT), which is campaigning against a ban on therapy being offered to people who want to move away from a homosexual lifestyle, says the latest statement by the Royal College admits what it previously denied.
"They now say that the causes of homosexuality are a combination of 'biological and postnatal environment factors.' So, if a child does not encounter such postnatal life experiences, he or she will grow up heterosexual," says the director of CIT, Mike Davidson.
Davidson says he is incredulous that despite its admission that being gay is not fixed at birth, the college continues to support the ban on change therapy.
"The Royal College has also modified its view on whether sexual orientation can change, saying, 'It is not the case that sexual orientation is immutable or might not vary to some extent in a person's life,'" he says. "So how can that be consistent with a ban on people voluntarily seeking professional counseling to change unwanted same-sex feelings?"