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Conversion therapy, fossil fuels up for possible votes by La Crosse council



The city of La Crosse could take a stand on conversion therapy, with action Thursday night by the city council. 

Members of the council are being asked to ban the practice of trying to get people to change their sexual orientation, for example, having a gay person get therapy to become straight.  The proposed ban was recommended by a council committee last week, on a 5-to-1 vote.

Dozens of people on both sides of the issue have written to the city, with much of the opposition to the ban coming in the past week, arguing that a ban could infringe on how parents raise their children. 

Climate change is also on the June agenda. A resolution declaring a “climate emergency” calling for measures to stop the use of fossil fuel passed in committee by a narrow 3-to-2 vote. 

The city of La Crosse has set a goal of being carbon-neutral and ending the use of fossil fuel by the year 2050.

The council meets at 6 p.m. on the first floor of La Crosse City Hall.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Kevin Keeffe

    June 9, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Not really sure how the city of lacrosse is going to ‘stop’ the use of fossil fuels! If the council wants to stop the use of fossil fuels within the city buildings, knock yourself out. There ought not be any ordinance that prevents the building or dispensing or piping of gasoline, natural gas etc….to private residences. That is not our city councils job.

  2. Kevin Keeffe

    June 9, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    With respect to conversion therapy, I will first state that I am not talking about any type of electric shock therapy etc…. With respect to counseling, if the city supports ‘affirmation’ therapy, they must support the opposite. There are people who do not want these characteristics within their lives and would like to receive counseling to that end. If the city creates some type of ordinance that prevents that counseling then they have overreach.

    This is not the City Councils job, they need to stay away from this, they have neither the expertise, nor the neutrality needed to make wise choices.

  3. David bautch

    June 9, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    I think this should end as well. There is alot more than what meets the eye

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