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 tells the Star Tribune 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.

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  1. Chris Bleckinger says:

    I’m pretty sure this ban violates the First Amendment. His daughter sounds like ‘they’ needs some kind of mental health therapy! If a person wants to try it it should be their prerogative.