Maine governor defends veto of anti-counseling bill

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Counselor listening to childA governor's veto in Maine survived a challenge from the legislature over a controversial bill that bars counseling for minors confused about their sexuality.

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the legislation, partly for being overly broad in its language, and his veto survived after the House failed by 15 votes to override it.  

Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, tells OneNewsNow the measure also prohibited parents from making the decision on behalf of their children.

"Probably the worst part of it," she says, "was that the intent of the bill - what they call legislative intent - prohibited someone who was sexually assaulted to give any consideration to that to be a factor in counseling, guiding the sexual orientation or gender confusion."

Gov. LePage made reference to another factor in his veto message: the fact that the legislature dealt earlier this year with the issue of gender mutilation of females – but refused to confront the topic.

LePage has pushed a bill to make it a state crime in a state, making it easier to prosecute, but the legislation has broken down over party lines two years running.

"The Democrats chose not to allow that," Conley recalls. "And so [LePage] pointed out the hypocrisy of failing to pass that bill but making it illegal for people to have simply a conversation to talk about the possibility of change, or giving a minor the option of that type of procedure."

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