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Amid downriver church controversy, Michigan lawmakers propose conversion therapy ban

A downriver church has been embroiled in controversy since it made a social media post advertising an “Unashamed Identity” workshop claiming to help girls ages 12 to 16 grappling with their sexual identify.

While the post was removed, the church continues to deny the workshop is the equivalent of “conversion therapy,” a controversial practice synonymous with the phrase “pray the gay away.”

In a YouTube post, Metro City lead pastor Jeremy Schossau says “We think people don’t really understand what we’re doing. A lot of people are calling this conversion therapy, and if you think conversion therapy is grabbing somebody, forcing them into some sort of pastor’s office and then beating them over the head with the Bible, and condemning them and spitting on them and judging them — that is wrong, we oppose that in every single way.…