The City of Tampa has banned licensed professional counselors from helping clients reduce or eliminate their unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or identity with an ordinance that imposes stiff fines for those who disobey.
Liberty Counsel, representing two counselors, their minor clients, and their parents, has challenged the new ordinance on the basis that it violates the First Amendment rights of these counselors and the rights of their clients under the Florida Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, which permits counselors and clients to confer on treatment methods that they both believe will be in the patient’s best interest. “The Tampa law is a gross intrusion into the fundamental rights of counselors and minors, and represents government intrusion into the sacrosanct relationship between a counselor and the client,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.
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