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New vote on conversion therapy expected by La Crosse city council

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Some La Crosse residents say the city council made a mistake last month that needs to be corrected, and they’re hoping that correction comes Thursday night. 

A group called the Save Your Rights Coalition of La Crosse is urging the council to reverse its June vote to ban conversion therapy in the city. 

The ban passed narrowly, on a 6-to-4 vote, and supporters of conversion therapy have called for reconsideration, saying city leaders are out of touch with La Crosse’s population.  Critics of conversion therapy say the practice is aimed at getting people who identify as gay or transgender, especially minor children, to go straight.

Last month’s vote led to a protest outside City Hall as an effort to get Mayor Mitch Reynolds to veto the ban. The mayor said he had already signed the ordinance the day before.

The group supporting the therapy says the ban took away the basic rights of La Crosse residents on how to counsel children.

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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