WHAT IS KNOWN as "conversion therapy" is a highly controversial practice supposedly intended to change an individual's orientation, for example, changing someone from homosexual to heterosexual.
Professional therapeutic associations largely repudiate the practice, suggesting it not only is ineffective but can actually cause psychological damage.
The practice has had its supporters and, according to anti-conversion therapy advocates, such therapies continue to take place.
Representatives for various groups came forward last week to ask the Beloit City Council to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the practice of conversion therapy in the city. The council listened but took no action. It's unclear what comes next.
HERE'S OUR THOUGHT: Members of the Beloit City Council are not medical doctors; they are not psychologists; and the City of Beloit is not involved in regulating or licensing in this matter.
The council should take a pass.
However, it would be appropriate for the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate to consider the issue, as the governments of several other states already have done. This issue begs for state, not local, consideration.
We urge Beloit's state legislators to bring this matter to the right forum and that's the Wisconsin Capitol.