Proposed ban on LGBT conversion therapy getting pushback

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | A proposal to ban gay conversion therapy for minors encountered pushback in conservative Utah on March 1 as state lawmakers questioned whether it’s too restrictive for therapists talking about sexual orientation with young clients.

Supporters of the measure said it allows discussion about sexuality, as long as there’s no attempt to change orientation or gender identity. Conversion therapy has a history in Utah, including the use of now-outdated physical techniques like electroshock therapy, and is associated with higher rates of depression and suicide attempts, supporters said.

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Utah LGBTQ advocates seeks ban on conversion therapy

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Utah LGBTQ advocates say they will join a nationwide effort to get the state to ban a practice known as “conversion therapy.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams said advocates are ready to push for legislation that would make it illegal for the practice to be administered in the state.

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DC Court flooded with marriage applications

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Washington (AP) – The D.C. Superior Court says it is adding a second marriage ceremony room and boosting marriage bureau staffing to accommodate an increase in applications believed to be the result of a gay marriage ruling by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

The D.C. Superior Court says its second ceremony room opened Sept. 16. The clerk of the court, Duane Delaney, said in a statement that marriage license applications have significantly increased since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case U.S. v. Windsor in June. The decision struck down a law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

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