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Utah Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’ With Mormon Church Backing

BNA Staff

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Utah is soon going to be the 19th state to ban the practice of conversion therapy – a practice used to try to change people’s gender identity. According to Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, church leaders back a regulatory rule that was crafted after “legislative efforts for a ban on the therapy failed earlier this year.

The Mormon church countered a previous version of the rule as they wanted to be assured that church leaders and therapists would be allowed to provide spiritual counseling for parishioners or families. The faith is against gay marriage and teaches that having same-sex relationships is a sin. However, they urge their members to be kind and compassionate to LGBTQ people.

With the rule, Utah therapists would be banned from subjecting LGBTQ minors to the practice that “the American Psychological Association has said is not based in science and is harmful to mental health.” LGBTQ advocates and conversion therapy survivors praised the success in getting the church’s support for the rule. They had also expressed frustration with the long battle in the state to ban conversion therapy.

Nathan Dalley, who had conversion therapy when he was 16, said “this is a change that’s been needed for so long. It’s too late, but I’m happy it is here.” Dalley tells the story of how he was told in therapy to snap a rubber band on his wrist every time he felt attracted to the same sex. Conversion therapy would also examine one’s posture, walk, gestures, and interests. According to Dalley, the experience “deepened his feelings of depression and culminated in a suicide attempt several months after the therapy.”

The religion is greatly influential in Utah. Majority of state lawmakers and nearly two-thirds of Utah’s residents are members of the faith. Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, believes that the move will save lives.

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    Theno1skinsfan

    December 3, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    This is a shame. Just because the shrinks have not figured out what the proper therapy is to use, doesn’t mean if the repairs are required.

    There is absolutely 0% PROOF that homosexuals are born homosexual. There is no proof of it at all. There are a lot of theories out there but there is no proof. There are liberal progressives who want to tell us that we have to accept these theories as though they were scientific fact. That does a disservice to us and to science.

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      Theno1skinsfan

      December 3, 2019 at 10:02 PM

      That should read: “doesn’t mean that therapy is not required”. I don’t know how that got changed

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    Marlena

    December 4, 2019 at 7:06 PM

    It does not matter any what the religion approves of! The USA is doomed. We have left God out of everything! This country was found on freedom of religion not on other abominations

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