Utah Is Latest State to Ban Conversion Therapy for Children

The New  York Times
by Mihir Zaveri
January 22, 2020

Utah on Tuesday became one of the most conservative states in the country to ban licensed therapists from performing conversion therapy on minors, curtailing a discredited practice that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender expression.

The ban, which Gov. Gary R. Herbert, a Republican, proposed in November, added conversion therapy to a list of practices considered to be “unprofessional conduct” for state-licensed mental health therapists. Punishments could include suspending or revoking their license, according to state law.

The new rule does not apply to clergy members or religious counselors acting in a “religious capacity.” The rule also does not apply to parents or grandparents “acting substantially in the capacity of a parent or grandparent and not in the capacity of a mental health therapist.”

Still, L.G.B.T.Q. activists hailed it as a historic move.

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