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.
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
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,"
"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
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.