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Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues, November 13-16, 2010 A-11 The Park Record Many Utahns think homosexuality can be overcome percent of Republicans said change isn't possible comSALT LAKE CITY (AP) - pared with 77 percent of Forty-four percent of Utahns Democrats. agree with Mormon apostle The poll also found that 55 Boyd K. Packer that it's possi- percent of Mormon responble for homosexuality to be dents believe it's possible to overcome, according to a change same-sex attractions statewide poll released last compared with 20 percent of Saturday. non-Mormon respondents. The Salt Lake Tribune poll Packer sparked protests found 31 percent disagree and last month when he said that 25 percent were unsure homosexuality is an immoral whether same-sex attraction condition that can and should can be changed. be overcome. The poll also showed a The survey of 625 regisbreak in belief along party tered voters was conducted lines. Sixty-one percent of Oct. 25-27 by Mason-Dixon Republicans surveyed think Polling & Research. It has a same-sex attractions can be margin of error of plus or changed, while only 8 percent minus 4 percentage points. of Democrats agreed. Only 13 Advocates for the gay com- munity said Packer's remarks run contrary to science and could harm youths struggling with their sexual orientation. Bill Bradshaw, a molecular biologist and professor emeritus at Brigham Young University, said a vast number of scientific studies in biology, biochemistry and neuroscience indicate that sexual orientation is JDioiogically "programmed1 in human beings. "I'm convinced by these data that homosexuality is inborn. It is innate," said Bradshaw, a former Mormon mission president and cochairman of Family Fellowship, a support group for Mormon parents of gay children. ''It's true that there are those who dispute that conclusion." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that having same-sex attrac- tions isn't sinfuJ but acting on those attractions is. Last year, the American Psychological Association passed a resolution warning mental health professionals not to tell clients they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments. During our Delicious Dining Sale through November Matheson against Pelosi leadership SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah, the only one of three co-chairs of the Democratic Party's conservative Blue Dog coalition to survive Tuesday's election, says he won't support California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader. Matheson says Tuesday's election, which gave Republicans major gains in Congress, was a mandate for change in his party's leadership, the Salt Lake Tribune and DeseretNews reported. If Pelosi were the CEO of a failing company or a coach with a losing record, there would be calls for her ouster, he said. "We just got whooped in an election. We should listen to the public's desire for change," Matheson told the Deseret News. *'I don't think we keep the same structure in place." He said he doesn't yet know who he will support for minority leader, but that he doesn't have plans to seek any leadership role himself. Matheson, Utah's lone Democratic congressman, said the election results were partially the fault of Pelosi's lack of focus on the economy and jobs in early 2008. "It's not that we can't walk and chew gum at the same time and look at more than one issue," he told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I'm just saying the focus became, for example, cap-and-trade (legislation) the first several months of the new Congress when we were going into the deepest recession since the 1930s. I think there's a disconnect there in terms of what the public was focused on and what Congress was focused on." 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