SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — The LDS Church said it “does not oppose” a ban on conversion therapy for minors, expected to be revealed at the state Capitol on Thursday.
“As the church has repeatedly stated, we denounce any therapy, including reparative or conversion therapy, that subjects an individual to abusive practices not only in Utah, but throughout the world,” said Marty Stephens, chief lobbyist for the church, and a former Utah House Speaker.
“We appreciate the willingness of the sponsor of this legislation to work with us to make sure that counseling that is in line with the Church’s standards, such as abstinence before marriage, does not fall under the definition of conversion therapy,” he added. “Our initial concerns over religious freedom issues have been addressed and resolved, so the church does not oppose the bill in its current form.”
Stephens said the Church expressed hope that those who “experience same sex attraction find compassion and understanding from family members, professional counselors, and church members.”