Gay Conversion Ban Gets Personal for Minnesota Senate Leader
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A new wrinkle has emerged in the debate over whether Minnesota should ban so-called gay conversion therapy for minors - the top Senate Republican has an adult child who came out as a lesbian as a teenager and now identifies as bi-gender.
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says he cries over the issue. Gazelka, a conservative Christian, remained silent during debate on a Democratic proposal to ban the practice of trying to turn gay people straight but led his caucus in voting it down.
The newspaper reported Friday that 30-year-old Genna Gazelka, who uses the pronoun "they," is fiercely opposed to conversion therapy and says it's tantamount to torture.
Now Paul Gazelka says he's working to find a compromise. He says he doesn't support "coercive" counseling.