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Beloit asked to consider ‘conversion therapy’ ban

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BELOIT — Residents asked the Beloit City Council to consider a “conversion therapy” ban on Monday night.

The Beloit Daily News reported that the Yellow Brick Road Organization, the School District of Beloit and residents spoke in support of this city on the Illinois-Wisconsin state line banning the practice.

The newspaper said that while it has been banned by nine other cities in Wisconsin, there is no state law banning it. Currently, Illinois is the only Midwestern state to ban the practice.

Beloit City Manager Lori S. Curtis Luther said during the meeting she wasn’t sure the city had the authority to ban the practice.

“I want the message to be clear that our core value of being an inclusive community of people and ideas is truly important to us and that includes everyone in the LGBTQ+ community,” Luther said, according to the Daily News. “Inclusivity is our core value and every individual who is present tonight is a valued part of our community at large.”

The newspaper reported that some next steps could include a resolution calling for a state law, having the city attorney research the issue and contacting state representatives.

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