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Utah Governor Gets Mormon Church Behind Conversion Therapy Ban

Nov 27, 2019

By Jacob Ogles

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says stakeholders, including the Mormon church, have agreed to rules implementing a ban on the practice of conversion therapy in the state.

“I have learned much through this process,” Herbert said in a press release. “The stories of youth who have endured these so-called therapies are heart rending, and I’m grateful that we have found a ay forward that will ban conversion therapy forever in our state.”

The Republican governor this summer called for “ethical regulation” of the controversial practice in the state. Now, the state has worked on implementing rules for HB 399, a bill proposed in this year but not passed into law, which sought to prohibit the practice of mental health therapists providing conversion services to minors.

But as recently as last month, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints remained publicly opposed to a ban. The church in October released a statement that the “proposed professional licensing rule is ambiguous in key areas and overreaches in others.”

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