Eau Claire City Council takes public comment on banning conversion therapy

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – The City Council heard testimony in support of and against the plan to regulate conversion therapy within Eau Claire city limits.

Conversion therapy is the practice that aims to change someone’s sexual orientation. This resolution would ban the practice for children under age 18 within the city of Eau Claire.

Ministry officials spoke against the ordinance, claiming it was too vague and that it takes away parental rights.

Others spoke in support of banning the practice. “I’ve also seen the science behind it that it’s not a good practice, that it’s not a good practice, that it’s not vetted scientifically, and that it’s actually damaging to the people that go through it in many cases,” Karl Lepp, resident of Eau Claire, told News 18.

If passed, the penalty could be a $1,000 fine per case. The City Council takes a vote on the ordinance Tuesday.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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