On Thursday, September 8, the La Crosse City Council went into about a half-an-hour closed session to discuss possible litigation on passing an ordinance banning conversion therapy. After coming out of closed session, a motion to postpone the ban indefinitely was seconded, but failed to pass a full council vote. No one seconded council member Chris Woodard’s motion to open into a public hearing. The council adopted the ban on conversion therapy after about a 20 minute discussion in open session and voted 8-4 (1 abstain) to adopt the ban on conversion therapy.
Woodard stated, “I want to apologize to La Crosse taxpayers that if this passes, we’re going to be funding a hopeless crusade.”
Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) has said they will pursue a lawsuit if this version of the ordinance becomes law. However, there is still an opportunity for city leadership to retract this ordinance. The mayor can veto the ordinance. Also, a council member from the prevailing side of the vote can request reconsideration of the ordinance which stops it from being enacted. This happened with the first version of the ordinance in June.
If you are displeased with the council members, you can call them or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can call the clerk’s office at 608-789-7510 to find the name of the council member in your district and their number.
Also, spring elections for council seats 1-6 are coming up for election in April 2023. Nominations are due in December 2022. If you have interest or questions, contact the Coalition. We can assist you. You might consider running against a council member who voted for this. A letter to the editor in the La Crosse Tribune is another option.
According to a quote in the La Crosse Tribune, the sponsor of the ordinance, Mac Kiel, isn't scared of a lawsuit, “...because we are looking out for the best interests for the people in the city.”
If you don’t think it is in the best interest of La Cosse to be using our tax dollars defending an ordinance that violates first amendment rights, then contact your council member and ask them to reconsider this ordinance.
Visit the Save Your Rights Coalition website at saveyourrightscoalition.org for updates and also our Facebook page.
You can email Mayor Mitch Reynolds at: email@example.com