Regulations to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy in Utah get early nod

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Utah psychologists would be prohibited from practicing so-called conversion therapy on LGBTQ kids under proposed new state regulations.

The plan got an early nod of approval from a state licensing board July 18.

It comes after Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called for new regulations following the failure of a proposed law earlier this year. The bill was pulled during the state’s legislative session after it was changed significantly by GOP lawmakers.

Herbert said he was troubled by the reports he’d heard about the practice.

Troy Williams with Equality Utah says he’s confident the rule would protect kids would protect kids from the harmful practice, and applauded the governor for stepping in. Williams has previously blasted Herbert for supporting changes to the proposed law that led to it being pulled.

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