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Amended conversion therapy ban approved by La Crosse council committee



The latest attempt to ban conversion therapy in La Crosse has passed a city council committee. 

By a 3-to-1 vote, the judiciary committee approves an amended version of the ban originally passed in June. 

The ordinance would outlaw professional therapy seeking to change a person’s gender identity or sexual preference. 

Opponents of the ban argued for freedom of speech, or referred to religion, as David Eisner did.

“The question you have to choose is are you on Jesus Christ’s side, or the devil’s side?” he told the committee. “And remember, you will stand before Jesus Christ one day and answer for how you voted.”

About 40 people gathered at City Hall for Tuesday’s meeting, with a fairly even split between speakers for and against the measure.

Eddie spoke about what happened 50 years ago, when he told his conservative parents he was gay.

“It did not go over well,” said Eddie. “I’m very grateful that they were able to see me for who I am, and not for what their religious beliefs were telling them that they should do.”

Since the original passage, there have been protests by citizens, and threats of lawsuits, by opponents who say the ban ignores constitutional rights of parents.

The city put the ban on hold for 60 days, until the September council meeting. 

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. nick

    August 31, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Just another example of meddling into family dynamics.
    The left should explain why they hate families so much. The left should explain why they hate anyone who may disagree with them. The right should do the same.
    However, the progressives and left hate families

  2. Jackprong

    September 22, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Why would anyone want to maim children by turning them into Eunuchs for the rest of their lives? To entertain conversion therapy is “suffering fools.” Anyone who favors conversion therapy should be removed from children’s lives completely. Meanwhile, all you parents need to look for alternate education for your children: private, parochial, home school.

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