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Lawsuit threatened against city of La Crosse in fight over conversion therapy



Supporters of conversion therapy in La Crosse have enlisted a statewide group to help their cause.

City council members have received a letter from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL). The legal firm has called on city leaders to give up on a proposed ban of conversion therapy or else face a lawsuit.

The council voted in June to outlaw therapy reportedly aimed at trying to change a person’s sexual preference, if they identify as gay or transgender.

Members later decided to delay enacting the ban, but the measure is back on the council agenda in September.

The letter from WILL, based in Milwaukee, calls the ban a “speech suppression ordinance,” and says it’s unconstitutional.

Citizens have criticized the council for reportedly passing the ban without much public discussion before the vote, though it did go through public committee meetings.

A rally was held outside City Hall in June, aimed at persuading Mayor Mitch Reynolds to veto the measure. That, however, came a day late, as Reynolds had already signed it.

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. Tom

    August 23, 2022 at 7:48 am

    “A rally was held outside City Hall in June, aimed at persuading Mayor Mitch Reynolds to veto the measure. That, however, came a day late, as Reynolds had already signed it.”

    NOT TRUE! According to the City Clerk, Ordinances passed by the council AUTOMATICALLY go into effect 24 hours after publication (2nd Saturday after passage) irrelevant of the mayor’s signature. His signing the Ordinance DID NOT cause it to go into effect any sooner. He had until 5pm on the Tuesday after the council voted to veto the Ordinance no matter his signature on the Ordinance a day earlier or not.

    In addition, please stop framing this as a sexuality/gender issue. It’s NOT. This is 100% about the council attempting to adopt an Ordinance that is unconstitutional – PERIOD.

    • Lorraine

      August 24, 2022 at 5:34 am

      This issue is totally about maintaining our God-given rights as outlined in the United States Constitution.

    • Concerned Citizen for the Truth

      August 25, 2022 at 2:08 am

      I’m a gay man and I do not support what this group is doing BUT, the constitution protects this group I may not like it but I will stand with them to protect thier First amendment rights. This city can not adopt an ordinance that blocks the First Amendment

  2. PastorofMuppets

    August 24, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    These conversion therapy experts can do great things when a psychograph is uses-Look it up, medicine-haters. And a little bloodletting, leech treatment and phrenology deserve respect too.

    • PastorOfMuppets

      August 24, 2022 at 10:18 pm


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