Spain Investigates Minister’s Gay-Cure Program

The government of Spain's Galicia region is investigating Protestant minister Marcos Zapata for running a seminar called "How to Raise Heterosexual Children," Britain's Guardian newspaper reported Dec. 28.

The paper said that at one recent event, Zapata called homosexuality an illness that can be cured via family therapy, said he promotes masculinity in his own family by making his sons watch professional
wrestling, and urged attendees to "hug your sons as much as you can, because if you don't, perhaps another man will."

A government spokesman suggested it is illegal to proselytize minors with "homophobic attitudes."

The head of the National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, Toni Poveda, said his group also will pursue legal action against Zapata.

"After so many legal victories in this country … we have to deal with fundamentalist groups which take us back to the Franco dictatorship," Poveda told The Guardian. "We are going to try to stop this from
happening. Sexual orientation is innate and there's no way to change it."

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