Utah governor says sorry for ‘gay cure therapy’ not being banned

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The Governor of Utah said sorry to young LGBT% Uthans for not protecting them from conversion therapy practices. Republican governor Gary Herbert had faced a sit-in protest by young LGBT+ activists outside his office after the Republican-dominated state senate blocked a legal attempt to ban it. Herbert had initially backed the bill, but rights group Equality Utah accused him of throwing his weight behind a March 5 plot that saw the bill gutted of its contents. In the letter, he said: “My intention was never to harm you. We have had an enormous misunderstanding, and I am sorry,” he said, adding that LGBT youth deserve being loved, safe and protected, their voices should be heard to spread awareness, as even he, the governor, has a lot of things about LGBT to learn, and regular people should be even more educated. The letter was hand-delivered by Herbert’s second-in-command, lieutenant governor Spencer Cox. Cox sat with the activists and spoke openly about the issue, expressing his own disappointment that the measure had failed.

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