Utah Republicans did not allow to ban ‘gay cure therapy’

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A group of lawmakers in Utah had fronted a bipartisan push to outlaw conversion therapy in the ultra-conservative state, putting forward a bill that would have banned controversial conversion therapy practices being performed on people under 18 in their state. However, the bill failed to make it over its first legislative hurdle intact, with lawmakers on the Utah House Judiciary Committee opting to move forward with an amended bill that LGBT+ campaigners fear will make this situation even worse. The revised version of the bill limits restrictions to physically harmful practices “that causes nausea, vomiting, or other unpleasant physical sensations” or involve “electric shock or other electrical therapy,” while permitting therapies which do not include an active promise to “permanently change” orientation. Lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee voted to gut the original bill and substitute its contents by a vote of 8-4. All 8 were Republicans. The committee voted along the same line to approve the revised bill, sending it to the full House of Representatives.

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