Florida County Says No to Ban on Counseling Gender-Confused Minors

County Commissioners in Florida’s Miami-Dade area voted to reject a proposed ordinance that would have prohibited licensed counselors, teachers, pastors, and parents from helping minors experiencing unwanted gender confusion and same-sex attraction. Proposed Ordinance 17-1359 would have prohibited anyone from saying to a minor that same-sex activity or identifying as the opposite sex is harmful, wrong, or should be resisted. The majority of the commissioners thought the ordinance violated the First Amendment, religious liberty, and parental rights.

“Licensed counselors and unlicensed persons all have First Amendment rights to counsel minors against the harms of homosexuality and gender confusion, for secular, scientific, and religious reasons,” said Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel.

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