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Psychologists backing same-sex marriage

By Staff Reporter

The body representing psychologists in Northern Ireland has supported the campaign for same-sex marriage.

Medical experts once recommended “aversion therapy” — which included electric shock treatment and brainwashing — in an effort to convert homosexuals.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK or Ireland where same-sex marriage is not recognised and a campaign for change is gathering pace. British Psychological Society chair Dr Barbara McConnell called for greater awareness of the processes involved in creating stigma and oppression within society.

Dr McConnell said: “The society in Northern Ireland values diversity and we must use our influence, informed by research evidence, to promote visibility and inclusion rather than reinforce stigmatising attitudes surrounding the LGBT community.”

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