Today, Liberty Counsel filed suit in federal court challenging the new law (SB 1172) that bans any counseling to diminish, eliminate, or manage same-sex sexual attractions. Liberty Counsel represents several parents and their children who are receiving and benefiting from such counseling, several licensed counselors, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), and the American Association for Christian Counselors (AACC), an organization with about 50,000 professional counseling members.
This law places the state between the client and the counselor. It intrudes on a client’s fundamental right of self-determination to seek counseling that aligns with his or her religious and moral values. This law forces clients to receive and counselors to provide only one viewpoint on the subject of same-sex attractions, even when the client does not want to act on those attractions. This law even forbids counselors from referring clients to someone of their choice. For the state to assume that it knows best what kind of counseling individuals should receive is the height of hubris and ignorance.
This law is an astounding violation of the right to free speech and religious liberty. Clients have the right to receive information that aligns with their values, and counselors have the right and the duty to provide information to help the clients in pursuit of their right to self-determination.
Lou Buren of TWAU BLOG: Governor Jerry Brown of California should be ashamed of himself for signing such an absurd law. But then again, most liberals are wicked and willingly blind to truth. If you would like to assist Liberty Counsel in this battle you can send them donations from their web site www.LC.org