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Utah Governor Gary Herbert has announced that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) will now support the state’s ‘conversion therapy’ ban it had opposed earlier this year.

“Conversion therapy” is a loosely defined term used by media, politicians, and LGBTQ activists to discredit any therapy that claims to modify or change a person’s sexual behavior, i.e., from homosexuality to heterosexuality.

“These ‘therapy ban’ laws effectively kick the clients out of the driver’s seat of their own therapy and put politicians in the driver’s seat, instead. The government shouldn’t be deciding what people should do with their sexuality. Politicians have no business telling people their therapy goals are illegal. Nor do they have any business telling people that they, the politicians, know “who the client really is” and that the client’s legitimate identity must inevitably be ‘gay.'” — Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Jr.

Mormon leaders decided to support the ban after Herbert and Utah’s legislators “carefully tailored” the rule exempting LDS mental health therapists from it.

The newer version of the regulatory rule exempts LDS “clergy members or religious counselors acting in a religious capacity, or…parents or grandparents who happen to be a mental health therapist if they are talking to children or grandchildren.”

“If radical LGBT activists were so concerned about unethical practices in therapy, they would seek to ban therapeutic methods, like any method that uses shame, pain or coercion to try to change someone’s sexuality. … But that’s not what they’re doing. They’re actually outlawing treatment goals … to decrease one’s unwanted same-sex attractions in the privacy of one’s own therapy.” — Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Jr., clinical director, Breakthrough clinic

Although the Mormon Church opposes “same-sex marriage” and teaches that homosexuality is a sin, it denounces conversion therapy as abusive and supports banning the practice.

“The media and politicians have been using the term “conversion therapy” for any therapy that claims to modify sexuality from homosexuality to heterosexuality. But they’re not telling the full story. The term “conversion therapy” is broad, ill-defined, there’s no ethics code, no governing organization. And it’s generally practiced by unlicensed individuals.” — Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Jr., clinical director, Breakthrough clinic

The rule would ban Utah’s non-Mormon therapists from practicing conversion therapy on LGBTQ minors.

“[E]veryone has the right to walk away from sexual practices that don’t work for them. [However,] if those feelings are homosexual in nature, then it’s not OK to walk away. That it’s somehow “anti-gay” to want to walk away from homosexuality and to have help to do so.” — Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Jr., clinical director, Breakthrough clinic

People have the right to leave the homosexual lifestyle for any reason. America’s politicians, media, and LGBT advocates don’t understand or respect that desire for self-determination and individualism, the values that built this nation.

“Many hard-left proponents of identity politics hate the truth that sexuality isn’t set in stone. They approach the topic of sexuality from the political, non-scientific premise that it can’t change, that is to say, if you have these attractions, you are forever part of an oppressed minority group and it’s now your permanent identity, so all you can do is accept it. It’s very hard for them to acknowledge the reality that sexuality is something that can actually change and doesn’t comprise everyone’s core identity.” — Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Jr., clinical director, Breakthrough clinic

LGBTQ advocates, who’ve tried for years to ban what they call conversion therapy in Utah, praised the leaders of the Mormon Church for their crucial support of the ban.

The Church’s support was essential because the state’s governor, its majority of lawmakers, all six members of its congressional delegation, its two U.S. Senators, and nearly two-thirds of its population are Mormon.

“I’m grateful that we have found a way forward that will ban conversion therapy forever in our state.” Gary Herbert, Republican Governor of Utah

Utah’s conversion therapy ban will undergo a 30-day public comment period beginning Dec. 15 and will take effect January 22, 2020.

Therapy bans take away the rights of clients and put politicians in control of the client’s own therapy. They’re often based on the outrageous unscientific notion that biological sex can change but an individual’s thoughts and feelings cannot. Nothing could be further from the truth.” — Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Jr., clinical director, Breakthrough clinic

Based on the American Psychological Association’s false claims that reparative therapy aka conversion therapy is unscientific and harmful to mental health, eighteen states, plus Washington, D.C., have now banned the therapy for minors.

What most people don’t know is the American Psychological Association (APA) stopped relying on science as the foundation for mental health diagnoses in 1973 when homosexual activists began pressuring and attacking APA committee members to change what disorders appear in the organization’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

For more on the story, see Utah set to become 19th US state to ban ‘conversion therapy,’ Utah banning ‘conversion therapy’ with Mormon church backing, and Legacy Continues for Pioneer in Reparative Therapy.


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