Utah stops distribution of condoms with cheeky slogans

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | An HIV-awareness campaign featuring condom wrappers with cheeky slogans that put a sexy spin on state pride met a quick end in Utah as the governor ordered the health department to stop distributing them.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s intervention came after the designs became public Jan. 15. Herbert, a Republican, stated he understands the importance of educating residents about HIV prevention, but he does not approve of using sexual innuendo as part of a taxpayer-funded campaign.

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Utah to become 19th state to ban conversion therapy

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Tuesday his state would implement regulations prohibiting mental health experts from engaging in “ex-gay” conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth, making Utah the 19th state to prohibit the widely discredited practice.

The announcement from a Herbert, a Republican, comes after a tumultuous debate over conversion therapy in the heavily Mormon state, where family rejection of LGBTQ youth is known to contribute to Utah’s homeless population.

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Utah considers ban on ‘conversion therapy’ for minors

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | LGBTQ people who say they suffered shame and suicidal thoughts after undergoing “conversion therapy” urged Utah state officials to approve a proposed rule that would prohibit Utah psychologists from the practice that is already banned in 18 states.

Opponents who spoke during a public hearing Sept. 26 in Salt Lake City countered that the rule should be tabled because they contend it will prevent parents from getting their children help with “unwanted” homosexual feelings.

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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.

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Utah governor takes action to regulate conversion therapy

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has taken action that could lead to the regulation of “ex-gay” conversion therapy in a state with a history of widespread use of the discredited practice.

In a letter dated June 17 and made public Thursday, Herbert ordered the Utah’s Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing to establish rules to regulate psychological interventions with LGBT youth and prevent unethical practices.

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Utah governor thanks man credited with stopping anti-gay mob

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is thanking a man who’s being credited with fending off an anti-gay mob during the Utah Pride Festival.

Herbert said on Twitter late Wednesday that he had met with the dessert shop worker. Herbert called him a local hero.

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Utah governor says he’d decline to officiate same-sex wedding

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he would probably decline to officiate a same-sex wedding if a gay couple ever made such request.

Herbert told reporters Feb. 12 that he’d “probably respectfully decline” and that it’s not something he’d want to do.

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Utah governor asked to apologize for remarks about gays

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A gay rights organization is calling on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to apologize for suggesting homosexuality is a choice and for calling decisions by other state leaders to not defend same-sex marriage bans the “next step to anarchy.”

John Netto, head of the Utah Pride Center’s board, said the governor’s comments during his monthly televised news conference May 22 were hurtful.

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