Conservatives are hopeful America's highest court will eventually restore religious freedom to Christian counselors who help gender-confused children who want to escape same-sex attractions.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused yet again to hear a case in which faith-based counselors are restricted from providing counseling for youth with same-gender attractions. Two years ago it rejected attempts to overturn a similar ban in New Jersey. This time the appeal – filed by Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute – challenged a 2012 California law that forbids the counseling. He finds the decision by the Supreme Court disappointing.
"Nonetheless the issue is still outstanding whether or not a state law can effectively ban and limit the ability for Christian counseling ministries and pastors who are licensed counselors to be able to give biblical worldview counseling to those struggling with same-sex attraction or gender identity," the attorney responds.
Randy Thomasson with SaveCalifornia.com describes the court's decision as "unconscionable" when it had the opportunity to help gender-confused children but instead chose to block parents and counselors and "throw [those] children under the bus."
The California law, Thomasson says, "violates the free speech and religious freedom of parents and counselors." Dacus concurs, saying those vital constitutional issues are at stake – yet he remains hopeful the Supreme Court will eventually hear challenges to similar bans in other states. He says the timing doesn't seem right at present, though.
"With the Supreme Court likely to have at least one or two more justices appointed who will likely be very friendly to religious freedom and an accurate interpretation of the Constitution," the attorney shares, "we could very easily see the Supreme Court take this issue up in the next few years with a favorable decision for religious freedom."
Until then, however, faith-based counselors can't help youth who want to fight same-gender attractions. They can only deal with underlying issues such as relationships with parents, prior sexual abuse, and lack of peer-to-peer bonding when they are young.