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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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Starting next season, MLB teams will be required to provide housing for minor league players.

Why it matters: "This is a historic victory," Harry Marino, director of the nonprofit Advocates for Minor Leaguers, told ESPN. It's also just the beginning of a fight for improved quality of life.

Poll: U.S. leadership approval rebounds from Trump low

A Gallup report published Tuesday found approval of United States leadership in 46 countries and territories hit 49% — up from 30% at the end of Donald Trump's presidency, and matching former President Obama's first year (2009).

Why it matters: Biden's efforts to reengage with the international community following the Trump administration appear to be improving the global approval ratings for U.S. leadership, though this poll does not take into account the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

These technologies could bring America to net zero emissions by 2050

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The newest section of a project from Third Way, the Bipartisan Policy Project and Clean Air Task Force examines how energy breakthroughs could accelerate America's transition to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Why it matters: The report chapter, provided first to Axios, is part of a broader effort known as the Decarb America Research Initiative, which explores the best ways to move the U.S. toward a net zero carbon emissions future by 2050.