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Regulations banning LGBTQ conversion therapy 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 on Thursday.

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 this year’s state’s legislative session after it was changed significantly by Republican 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 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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