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While legal action moves forward, a pro-family leader is urging counselors and pastors to defy a new California law that bans "gay"-to-straight counseling for minors.
As OneNewsNow reported earlier, California's governor has signed SB 1172, legislation that bans minors from receiving therapy that could help set them free from sexual confusion or unwanted same-sex attraction.
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, is asking counselors and pastors to fight the measure, as Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute notes that many young people who struggle with same-sex attraction do so because they were victimized sexually as a child.
"Loving parents have the moral obligation to seek and find the best counseling they can to help their abused child embrace the truth -- truth that heals and rejects the lies that harm," Thomasson contends.
"SB 1172 is a disgusting abuse of government. It's tyrannical and destroys parental rights, damaging the very souls of sexually-abused children. We are urging courageous counselors and knowledgeable pastors to defy this law and to counsel children in need."
The pro-family activist adds that the measure will punish medical professionals who want to help their patients.
Meanwhile, a legal group that agrees with Thomasson's assessment of the "unprecedented" law is taking action. Liberty Counsel will file a federal lawsuit against SB 1172 on behalf of counselors, parents, children, and the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality.
"January 1, 2013, when this law goes into effect, counselors will be faced with a 'Catch 22,'" explains Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver. "If someone comes to them seeking counseling to manage and to deal with these same-sex attractions, then they ultimately -- if they do not counsel them or do not refer them -- they're violating the ethical code, because they're not giving their counsel to the client or their information the client could ultimately use to benefit their situation."
"On the other hand, if they counsel them, or if they refer them to a counselor regarding change therapy, then they are also in violation of the ethical codes under this newly passed law."
He says medical professionals have the "ethical obligation" to give clients the help they need, adding that children's mental health decisions should be left to the parents and licensed professionals -- not the state.
The Pacific Justice Institute is seeking an injunction to block the new law from taking effect in January.
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