NEW YORK — Utah last week became one of the most conservative states in the country to ban licensed therapists from performing “conversion” therapy on minors, curtailing a discredited practice that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender expression, the New York Times reports.
The ban, which Gov. Gary R. Herbert, a Republican, proposed in November, added conversion therapy to a list of practices considered to be “unprofessional conduct” for state-licensed mental health therapists. Punishments could include suspending or revoking their license, according to state law, the Times reports.
The new rule does not apply to clergy members or religious counselors acting in a “religious capacity.” The rule also does not apply to parents or grandparents “acting substantially in the capacity of a parent or grandparent and not in the capacity of a mental health therapist.”