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.