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The Mormon Church Urges Utah Not to Bar “Conversion Therapy” For LGBTQ Young Minors

According to KUTV, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka the Mormon Church, says it’s against a proposed ban of “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ minors in a statement released October 16, 2019.

The church also opposes a pending state regulation that would stop psychologists from using the therapy, seeking to change the sexual orientation of LGBTQ minors.

The church states, “We teach the right of individuals to self-determination and the right of parents to guide the development of their children. We also believe faith-based perspectives have an important and ethically appropriate role in professional counseling …The Church is concerned that the proposed professional licensing rule is ambiguous in key areas and overreaches in others. For example, it fails to protect individual religious beliefs and does not account for important realities of gender identity in the development of children.”

The group Equality Utah made a statement on Twitter, which reads: “Let’s be clear. Studies have found that more than 60% of children subjected to conversion therapy attempt suicide. It’s long past time to protect youth from this dangerous practice.”

The American Psychiatric Association has also called on lawmakers to ban the practice of “Conversion Therapy,” as well as the American Medical Association, along with more than a dozen states.

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