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Conversion therapy supporters angry over La Crosse mayor’s decision to sign a ban on the practice

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The battle over conversion therapy in La Crosse apparently isn’t over.

People, who rallied in front of city hall on Tuesday against banning conversion therapy La Crosse say it was an “affront” to taxpayers that Mayor Mitch Reynolds signed the ban instead of vetoing it.

Those who attended the rally say the government should not try to interfere with how parents choose to raise their children. Organizers of the rally wrote a letter saying they’re still hoping to “rectify” the ordinance.

Conversion therapy has been criticized as a means of trying to change the sexual orientation of a person who identifies as gay or transgender. The La Crosse city council voted 6-4 on June 9 to impose the ban. The mayor signed the ordinance Monday.

The Tuesday afternoon rally was aimed at persuading Reynolds to veto the ban, before a 5 p.m. deadline.

The statement issued by organizers of the protest says the mayor and the council members who supported the ban are “grossly out of touch with the heart and soul of La Crosse,” and that those lawmakers “should be ashamed of themselves.”

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. Michael Kopski

    June 16, 2022 at 6:01 am

    These kids do not belong to the city of La Crosse the City has enough problems without coming into our homes, and Church’s, and deciding what’s best for our children. Especially our discjockey so called bleeding heart Mayor.

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