Wisconsin Republicans block ‘conversion therapy’ ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans have again allowed therapists, social workers and counselors to try to change LGBTQ clients’ gender identities and sexual orientations — a scientifically discredited practice known as conversion therapy. A licensing board under Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration passed a ban on conversion therapy in 2020, but the Republican-controlled Legislature’s rules committee blocked it then and did so again Thursday along a 6-4 vote. Implementing a temporary ban allows Republican lawmakers to avoid a veto from Evers. LGBTQ rights advocates oppose the practice, citing research suggesting it can increase the risk of suicide and depression.