MPs should sever links with the Christian charity CARE which co-sponsored 'gay cure' event
  • Petitioned Stephen O'Brien MP

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Member of Parliament for Eddisbury
Stephen O'Brien MP
Member of Parliament for New Forest West
Desmond Swayne MP
Member of Parliament for Northavon
Steve Webb MP
Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam
Paul Burstow MP
Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire
Alistair Burt MP
Member of Parliament for Salisbury
John Glen MP
Member of Parliament for South East Cambridgeshire
James Paice MP
Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire
Andrew Selous MP
Member of Parliament for Meriden
Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP
Member of Parliament for South West Devon
Gary Streeter MP
Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate
David Burrowes MP
Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire
Stephen Crabb MP
Member of Parliament for Berwick Upon Tweed
Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP

MPs should sever links with the Christian charity CARE which co-sponsored 'gay cure' event

    1. Phillip Dawson
    2. Petition by

      Phillip Dawson

      London, United Kingdom

***Please note that the charity involved is the Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) which is not associated in any way with the charity CARE International***

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We call on the 13 MPs listed below to sever links with the charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education)which co-sponsored a 'gay cure' conference in April 2009 and an event called "Is Gay Real" in 2007. A Director & Trustee of CARE is also a Director & Trustee of Anglican Mainstream, the organisation which tried to run 'gay cure' bus adverts in London in April 2012. He moderated part of a conference called "The Lepers Among Us : Homosexuality and the Life of the Church" which discussed "same sex sins" that was held in January 2012.  

Since the 2007 ‘gay cure’ conference took place, 20 MPs have received an intern paid for by CARE as part of its Educational Leadership Programme. Two MPs are no longer in the house. As a result of this petition five MPs have publicly stated they will no longer participate in the intern scheme.

We are concerned that by accepting material support from CARE and actively participating in its Educational Leadership Programme, which seeks to place interns with Christian values in public life, the MPs listed below could be seen to be implicitly supporting the views of the charity and, in turn, their co-sponsorship of conferences discussing “Therapeutic approaches to Same-Sex Attraction” and “Mentoring the sexually broken”.

The MPs who have made declarations of material support in the form of interns paid for by the charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) since the ‘gay cure’ conference took place are:

Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, Berwick-Upon-Tweed (LibDem) 

David Burrowes MP, Enfield Southgate (Con) 

Paul Burstow MP, Sutton and Cheam (LibDem) 

Alistair Burt MP, North East Bedfordshire (Con) 

Stephen Crabb MP, Preseli Pembrokeshire (Con) 

John Glen MP, Salisbury (Con) 

Stephen O’Brien MP, Eddisbury (Con) 

James Paice MP, South East Cambridgeshire (Con) 

Andrew Selous MP, South West Bedfordshire (Con) 

Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Meriden (Con) 

Gary Streeter MP, South West Devon (Con) 

Desmond Swayne MP, New Forest West (Con) 

Steve Webb MP, Northavon (LibDem)

David Lammy MP, Tottenham (Lab) and Elizabeth Kendall MP, Leicester West (Lab), Sharon Hodgson MP, Washington and Sunderland West (Lab) and Catherine McKinnell MP, Newcastle Upon Tyne North (Lab) and Tim Farron MP, Westmoreland and Lonsdale (Lib Dem),  have also made declarations of material support from CARE since the 'gay cure' event but have stated that they will no longer participate in the intern programme in future, as a direct result of this petition. Former MPs David Drew (Stroud, Lab) and Andrew Reed (Loughborough, Lab) also made such declarations but are no longer in the House of Commons.

Homosexuality is not a disease. The Royal College of Psychiatrists clearly state this and add  "so-called treatments of homosexuality create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish".

The same charity CARE is actively fundraising to provide sex and relationship education material to primary school age children " to help young people make value choices and to strengthen family relations" and has established the 'Sex and Relationships Education Council' to "promote the best possible sex and relationship education both at home and at school".  

CARE is also a founding member of the Coalition for Marriage, which is campaigning against the legalisation of equal marriage rights. 

In light of this, we call on the MPs listed above to follow David Lammy MP  Liz Kendall MP,  Sharon Hodgson MPCatherine McKinnell MP and Tim Farron MP in condemning the 'gay cure' conference and confirming that they will sever links with CARE and will no longer participate in its intern programme. 

More info:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2009/04/26/100-protest-outside-london-gay-cure-conference/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/gay-cure-christian-charity-mps-interns?newsfeed=true

***Please note that the charity involved is the charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) which is not associated in any way with the charity CARE International***

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. John Glen MP for Salisbury says my petition is a "nasty" campaign

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      When asked about my petition the MP for Salisbury told BBC Radio Wiltshire “You get a lot of nasty campaigns in politics. You have to stand up to people when they are harassing you and being unpleasant.” I say a charity run by someone who chairs events about how to deal with “same sex sins” and a charity that finances events saying gay people are “sexually broken” is pretty nasty and unpleasant. MPs should not have anything to do with a charity like that. More on BBC News Online (click link below)

    3. Kate Green MP, Shadow Equalities Minister, backs the petition

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      I was delighted to receive a tweet from Kate Green MP (Lab) Shadow Equalities Minister, confirming that she has not and will not participate in the intern programme and fully supports my petition. Follow the link below to see the tweet!

    4. Petition makes the national news - The Guardian, Saturday 14th April

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      Double page on page 6 and 7 in print...also on line at the link below;

    5. Tim Farron MP cuts ties with CARE

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      From Gay Star News - Friday 13th April 2012 : Liberal Democrat President and MP Tim Farron will no-longer take interns from anti-gay Christian Action Research and Education which has backed conferences aiming to ‘cure’ homosexuality

    6. Paul Burstow MP says he will "look carefully" before taking on interns

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      Liberal Democrat Health Minister tells the Sutton Guardian on Friday 13th April : in light of “allegations” about the charity, if another application was made by Care he would look “very closely at it” but refuses to state that he will no longer accept an intern in future (for more follow the link)

    7. Tim Farron announces he won't have another Care intern

      Katharine Segal
      Petition Organizer

      Here is part of Tim Farron's statement:

      As soon as I was told about the 'gay cure' conference, I asked my office to investigate as a matter of urgency. I am a Christian and I am also a liberal who strongly supports equality in all areas.
      I chose to participate in the Care internship scheme because I believe that interns should not be unpaid for the work that they do on MPs' behalf. As a working class lad, I am aware that most people do not get the chance to work in Parliament, unless they have connections or financial backing.

      I am incredibly proud to be President of a party that has made a strong stand on the issue of equality and I oppose homophobia of any kind.

      I have spoken to Care and they have made it clear that they absolutely do not support the notion of 'gay cures'. You won't be surprised to learn that I consider the notion of a gay cure utterly offensive and have made my view on this very clear to Care. I will not be having another Care intern.

    8. Petition in the news : UK MPs sever links with anti-gay Christians

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      From Gay Star News, 4th April 2012 - follow the link below!
      British MPs say they will no-longer take interns from Christian Action Research and Education (CARE) which has supported ‘gay cure’ events

    9. Petition in the news : Two More MPs sever links with CARE intern scheme

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      From the Pink News, 4th April 2012 - follow the link below!
      Two MPs have announced they will no longer take interns from the religious charity CARE’s Leadership Programme as a petition denouncing the charity for sponsoring a ‘gay cure’ event has amassed 9,000 signatures.

    10. Catherine McKinnell MP & Sharon Hodgson MP sever links with CARE

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      In a statement to BBC Newcastle's breakfast programme on 4th April, Sharon Hodgson and Catherine McKinnell both confirmed that they would no longer participate in CARE's intern programme in future after they were told about CARE's co-sponsorship of a gay cure event in 2009 as a result of this petition. Thank you to everyone who continues to support the petition - this is great news but there are still more MPs to convince. The interview on BBC Newcastle is on the I Player at the link below from 55:40 onwards.

    11. Tune in to BBC Newcastle Breakfast Show at 7.23am on 4th April 2012

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      I'm on BBC Newcastle’s breakfast show at 7.23am tomorrow (4th April). Three North East MPs have bowed to pressure from the petition and changed their minds about CARE and its intern programme.....find out who and hear their statements live here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/tyne_and_wear/ in the morning or on 95.4FM if you're in the North East!

    12. Tim Farron MP, Lib Dem President, says any discrimination is "unacceptable"

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      From Pink News 21st March 2012 - Responding to Ben Bradshaw MP's statement that CARE refused to provide him with an intern because he is gay, Tim Farron MP told Pink News that any discrimination in the CARE intern scheme was "unacceptable". Mr Farron still has not made a public statement confirming he will no longer participate in the internship programme.

    13. Tim Farron MP, Lib Dem President, defends CARE intern scheme

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      From Pink News 21st March 2012 - The Lib Dem President Tim Farron defended the intern scheme run by CARE - the charity which co-sponsored a 'gay cure' event in 2009 - by saying it provided valuable access to parliament for working class young people.

    14. Reached 9,000 signatures
    15. My response to Gary Streeter MP

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is not an "aggressive campaign based on falsehoods" !
      I sent this reply to Mr Streeter, to set him straight...
      http://www.scribd.com/doc/85769320/Response-to-Comments-by-Gary-Streeter-MP

    16. Gary Streeter MP brands petition "aggressive campaign based on falsehoods"

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      Responding to the People's Republic of South Devon Website, MP for South West Devon Gary Streeter said "The allegations against CARE are false...If you want to live in a country where we pander to an aggressive campaign based on falsehoods then buckle away. If not, stand your ground."

      Mr Streeter was author of the recent "Clearing the Ground" report that claimed Christians were being treated unfairly while other minorities, such as gay people, were being given preferential treatment in law.

    17. Petition in the News! - Pink News

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      Pink News feature the announcement from Liz Kendall MP that she has severed links with the Christian Charity CARE because of their "extreme views".

    18. Petition in the News! - Gaystar News

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      Gaystar News feature the announcement from Liz Kendall MP that she has severed links with the Christian Charity CARE because of their "extreme views".

    19. Reached 8,000 signatures
    20. Signatories now more than the majorities of half the MPs being petitioned

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      Over 7,627 people have joined the call for 16 MPs to follow the lead of David Lammy MP and Liz Kendall MP to sever their links with CARE - a charity which co-sponsored a 'gay cure' event. That's more than the majorities of half of the MP's being petitioned;

      Paul Burstow MP - 1,608
      Alan Beith MP - 2,690
      Catherine McKinnell MP - 3,414
      Stephen Crabb MP - 4,605
      James Paice MP - 5,946
      John Glenn MP - 5,966
      Steve Webb MP - 7,116
      David Burrowes MP - 7,626

    21. Reached 7,000 signatures
    22. Success! Liz Kendall MP severs links with CARE

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      Liz Kendall MP for Leicester West (Lab) has withdrawn from the CARE internship programme after being made aware that the charity also co-sponsored a "gay cure" event. In a statement on her website, Liz says;

      "I am a long-standing supporter of LGBT equality. When I became involved with the CARE internship programme in December last year, I had no idea CARE had co-sponsored a conference in which "therapeutic approaches to same sex attraction" appeared on the agenda. I find this deeply offensive to the LGBT community. I completely disagree with such extreme views and have therefore pulled out of the CARE internship programme with immediate effect."

    23. Reached 6,000 signatures
    24. Clarification on Christian CARE Charity involved

      Brie Rogers Lowery
      Country Director, UK

      **Please note that the charity involved is the Christian CARE Charity: http://www.care.org.uk/
      and is NOT affiliated in any way with CARE International: http://www.care.org/
      The latter - CARE International - is a "non-religious and non-political organisation, allowing them to deliver humanitarian and development assistance to anyone in need regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion or political view."

    25. Petition featured on BBC Sunday Politics

      Phillip Dawson
      Petition Organizer

      News about the petition made the London part of the BBC Sunday Politics Programme. You can watch the report at the link below until Saturday night, from 40.30 to 44.32 :

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01cmgkn/Sunday_Politics_London_04_03_2012/

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Draven Sharp NEOSHO, MO
      • 9 months ago

      There is nothing wrong with being gay. Nobody should be persecuted for who they love.

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    • Karl Sadil BANGOR, GWYNEDD, WALES, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      Gay people are not broken! The brains of the people in CARE are broken.

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    • frederic orr LONDON, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      Separation of church and state??? Also the fact its damn insulting... note there are no labour MPs involved with this group!

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    • dewi clark BOURNEMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      If loving someone the same sex as you is a disease, then I never want treatment.

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    • Alan Jones ZANESVILLE, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      i am a young gay man man and people make too much a fuss about stupid stuff and christians leave it be

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