Homosexuality is not a disease that needs to be treated, " says Jens Spahn, himself openly gay, told the newspaper Die Tageszeitung.
Methods that are said to "cure" homosexuality has been spread in the united states and has, among other things, been used by parents who disapprove of their children's sexual orientation. Some methods involve the injection of large amounts of testosterone while the other is based on getting electric shocks while they see images of same-sex couples who have sex.
belongs to chancellor Angela Merkel's christian democratic party CDU, counting with the support from their colleagues in the bundestag, when he put forward the proposal. He says he can't imagine that there can be a resistance against it in his group.
Within the EU, only Malta and a few Spanish regions that have introduced an explicit prohibition of methods to persuade people to change their sexual orientation. In march of last year, a majority in the EUROPEAN parliament a non-binding statement in which the member states were invited to implement such a ban.