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An LGBTQ pride flag at a Union United Methodist Church in Boston, Jan. 5. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Utah on Tuesday became the 19th state to ban conversion therapy for minors, though the state's ban does not apply to religious counselors, parents or grandparents, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Utah is one of the most conservative states in the U.S. to pass legislation banning conversion therapy on minors in some form.

The big picture: The state's measure, which bans licensed therapists from using conversion therapy on minors, was proposed by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert in November.

  • Conversion therapy can cause depression and anxiety, according to the Human Rights Campaign, and is linked to homelessness, drug use and suicide for LGBTQ youth.
  • It is difficult to estimate what proportion of conversion therapy in Utah is performed by parents or religious counselors, as opposed to state-licensed therapists, Troy Williams, executive director at the civil rights organization Equality Utah, told the Times.

Go deeper: Google pulls "conversion therapy" app amid pressure from LGBTQ groups

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President-elect Joe Biden promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase vaccine manufacturing, as he outlined a five-point plan to administer 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the first months of his presidency.

Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the city should expect a "new normal" for security — even after President-elect Biden's inauguration.

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Vice President Mike Pence called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday to congratulate her and offer assistance in the transition, the New York Times first reported.

Why it matters: The belated conversation came six days before the inauguration after a contentious post-election stretch. President Trump has neither spoken with President-elect Joe Biden, nor explicitly conceded the 2020 election.