Law firm submits open letter to La Crosse council threatening legal action over conversion therapy ban

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A conservative law firm has submitted a public letter saying the city of La Crosse can expect a trial unless a conversion therapy order is dropped.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) submitted the letter to La Crosse Common Council on Monday, alleging that a recently passed conversion therapy banning order violates free speech clauses and First Amendment religion.

“If it receives final approval in its current form or a substantial equivalent, the city can expect a lawsuit,” WILL’s letter read in part.

La Crosse’s ordinance narrowly passed by a 6-4 vote on July 9. The board has since met behind closed doors to discuss potential changes to the language of the order that left it vulnerable to legal threat. The board decided to review the order in 60 days.

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According to WILL’s letter, even if the wording of the ban is updated, it won’t be enough.

“We understand that the City has considered limiting the order so that it only applies when money changes hands. This could reduce the number of people to whom the order applies, but it would not solve most of the legal problems discussed.

The city of La Crosse is expected to review the ban in early September.

Read WILL’s full letter here: Letter to the City of La Crosse (Final)

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