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Tampa Nixes Counseling That Treats Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction

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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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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