"Utah State Capitol 2008" by David Jolley / CC BY 3.0

Utah Was Set to Ban Conversion Therapy. Then It Didn’t.

Mar 11, 2019

By Samantha Allen

A lot can change in a weekend.

Last week, a Utah bill banning conversion therapy for minors seemed poised to pass: the bill had secured sponsors in the Republican-dominated legislature, Gov. Gary Herbert endorsed the bill, and—crucially—the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, said it would not oppose the legislation.

The path forward was clear. Utah could have become the most conservative state in the country to ban the medically-discredited practice of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

But this week, the entire process fell apart.

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