LC Asks US Supreme Court to Review Case Banning Counseling for Same-Sex Attraction
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Liberty Counsel has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case involving counseling for minors who are struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions, behavior or identity.
Mat Staver: Matt, this case is pending before the United States Supreme Court. Liberty Counsel has recently filed our petition with the court, and when they come back in session in October, they will review these petitions and make a decision whether to take this case.
But this is a real issue of freedom, of First Amendment rights, of religious freedom as well, for someone who’s a minor, and their parents, as well as the counsellor who’s willing to talk about unwanted same-sex attractions, behavior, or identity. And the state of Virginia says, “No way! You can’t talk about those. You can only affirm this unwanted attraction and feeling, behavior, identity as good. But you can’t speak to change it.”
Matt, this is a very hard strike right at the very core of counselling.
Matt Barber: It is. And it’s more than that as well. This is a selfish adult, radical, sexualanarchist activist playing politics with the very real lives of young people, of minors. And using junk science in order to push a radical political agenda that would silence them and pigeonhole them into a lifestyle that is demonstrably self-destructive. And these again are, as you mentioned Mat, young people who have unwanted same-sex attractions.
And we have a very real client here who is suffering at the hands of these activists now because this very beneficial counseling that he’s been going through has now been yanked away from him — a young man who’s been suicidal in the past and so forth — and now they’re telling him “Tough! you are condemned to a life…to this homosexual lifestyle with no possible chance of parole.”
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