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Utah legislative session ending after beer, Medicaid deals

Utah legislative session ending after beer, Medicaid deals

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers were set Thursday to end their annual legislative session after scaling back a voter-approved Medicaid expansion, passing a long-awaited update to the state’s hate crimes law and reaching a deal to increase the alcohol level in beer. Measures on other hot-button issues failed […]

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Utah students protest after fall of conversion therapy bill

Utah students protest after fall of conversion therapy bill

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Protesters called on Utah state leaders Monday to denounce homophobia and transphobia after the collapse of a measure banning LGBTQ conversion therapy. University of Utah students who organized the demonstration sent letters to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house, calling on them […]

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APNewsBreak: Utah lawmaker’s LGBT posts anger activists

APNewsBreak: Utah lawmaker’s LGBT posts anger activists

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nationwide push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors looked like it could succeed in conservative Utah after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it wouldn’t stand in the way, but the effort ground to a halt this week. Conversion therapy […]

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Changes gut Utah plan to ban conversion therapy, backers say

Changes gut Utah plan to ban conversion therapy, backers say

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Supporters say a proposed gay conversion therapy ban for minors has been gutted by changes that would allow therapists in conservative Utah to have some discussion about changing sexual orientation with young patients. The changes made Tuesday come after opponents marshalled a strong pushback against […]

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Proposed ban on LGBT conversion therapy getting pushback

Proposed ban on LGBT conversion therapy getting pushback

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to ban gay conversion therapy for minors encountered pushback in conservative Utah on Friday as state lawmakers questioned whether it’s too restrictive for therapists talking about sexual orientation with young clients. Supporters of the measure said it allows discussion about sexuality, as long […]

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Mormon church won’t oppose gay conversion therapy ban

Mormon church won’t oppose gay conversion therapy ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church won’t stand in the way of a proposal to ban gay conversion therapy for minors in its home base of Utah, leaders said Wednesday, a position that advocates heralded as a milestone in the conservative state. The announcement is key in part […]

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Utah LGBTQ advocates seeks ban on ‘conversion therapy’

Utah LGBTQ advocates seeks ban on ‘conversion therapy’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah LGBTQ advocates say they will join a nationwide effort to get the state to ban a practice known as “conversion therapy.” The Salt Lake Tribune reports Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams said last week advocates are ready to push for legislation that would make it […]

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Remarks at LDS General Conference worry LGBTQ supporters

Remarks at LDS General Conference worry LGBTQ supporters

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some LGBTQ support groups are raising concerns about a Mormon church leader’s talk reaffirming opposition to same-sex marriage as well as the belief that gender is eternal. Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, […]

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Utah library workers told to remove LGBTQ-themed displays

Utah library workers told to remove LGBTQ-themed displays

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Workers at a southern Utah library say they were pressured to remove buttons and other displays highlighting LGBTQ-themed materials because they are seen as controversial. Joel Tucker, the director who oversees library branches in Washington County, says the buttons and displays at the Hurricane library […]

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LGBTQ groups make 1st appearance in Utah July Fourth parade

LGBTQ groups make 1st appearance in Utah July Fourth parade

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah LGBTQ groups marched for the first time Wednesday in a prominent July Fourth festival in the conservative city of Provo after years of organizers blocking the groups from participating. The groups were met by cheers and rainbow flags as they marched Wednesday morning in the […]

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