Wisconsin city bans conversion therapy for minors

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APPLETON, Wis. — The City of Appleton has banned license medical and mental health professionals from practicing conversion therapy on minors.

The resolution passed by the Common Council Wednesday night defines conversion therapy as the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The 14-1 vote came after several hours of testimony at an overcrowded meeting. WLUK-TV reports anyone found to be practicing conversion therapy would be referred to the state Department of Safety and Professional Services. Opponents of the ban say it is too broad and would infringe on parental rights.