Keep in mind that this is ground zero for Mormonism.
Courtesy of PBS:
The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it.
Supporters navigated a winding path to passage and some dissent remains, but barring it in Utah could give a boost to similar efforts in other right-leaning states, said Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
“It’s really given people a lot of hope,” said Minter, whose group has pushed for bans around the U.S. Virginia is considering a ban, and the issue could also come up in this year in Texas and Kentucky, he said.
The change in Utah comes after the state hammered out a regulatory rule that had the support of the influential Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Leaders had opposed a previous version because it didn’t have certain exceptions for clergy.
Those “exceptions for clergy” apparently allow church leaders to provide “spiritual counseling” that may seek to direct a person away from a gay lifestyle without actively attempting to change who they are fundamentally.
That still seems to allow for certain abuses, but overall I think this is a very good step forward for a red state that is defined by fundamentalist religious ideals.