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LDS Church opposes proposed Utah rule that would ban ‘conversion therapy’

Oct 17, 2019

By Lee Davidson

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday opposed a proposed rule that would ban Utah-licensed mental health professionals from using conversion therapy — such as trying to turn a gay child straight or alter a minor’s gender identity.

“The church is concerned that the proposed professional licensing rule is ambiguous in key areas and overreaches in others,” it said in a news release. Its objections came on the final day for public comment on the rule.

“We therefore oppose the proposed rule in its current form and respectfully request that it be appropriately amended” to address the church concerns, the news release said. Alternatively, it asked “that Utah’s lawmakers provide statutory guidance on this important issue.”

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