Herbert calls for new rules for gay conversion therapy

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is asking state regulators to craft new rules for psychologists who practice gay conversion therapy.

Herbert said Thursday during his monthly televised news conference at KUED-TV that he’s troubled by some reports he’s heard about conversion therapy.

The Republican governor says he sent a letter directing the state’s Psychologist Licensing Board to propose new rules by mid-September.

A proposal to ban gay conversion therapy for minors failed during this year’s state’s legislative session when it was gutted by Republican lawmakers.

Troy Williams with Equality Utah said in a statement the call for new regulations is a promising step forward that will hopefully lead to a complete ban. Williams blasted Herbert in March, saying he turned his back on LGBT youth when he initially supported the changes.

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