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The Utah State Capitol (Photo: Jason Olson, Deseret News Archives)
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Utah Won’t Release Reaction To ‘Conversion Therapy’ Rule

The Utah State Capitol (Photo: Jason Olson, Deseret News Archives)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A week after The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out against a ban on so-called conversion therapy in Utah, the state regulatory agency considering the proposal is refusing to release a final tally of how many of the nearly 2,500 public comments supported the rule.

Staffers have previously said that about 85% of the comments supported the rule, but would not provide updated totals on Monday. Spokeswoman Jennifer Bolton didn’t say why the agency won’t provide the breakdown in an email.

Taryn Atkin-Hiatt of the director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Utah chapter supports the ban, and said staffers have told her support grew to 94% in the final tally.

Bolton also said the agency could make a decision as early as Tuesday or take up to about four months.

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