Liberty Counsel is challenging ordinances in Florida that prevent a minor with same-sex attractions from obtaining professional help.
The Christian legal organization has filed suit in federal court against Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, both of which have passed ordinances that call for professional counselors to be legally penalized if they work with young people who want the therapy and want to change.
Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow both government bodies have taken it to another extreme.
"These counselors will be forced to give contrary information that the clients simply do not want -- mainly that they ought to just accept these unwanted attractions, that they can't change these unwanted attractions, and that if they are born a male, now maybe they're supposed to be female -- and continue to compound their confusion," Staver laments.
He goes on to raise a serious question: A minor can seek mental health counseling for anxiety attacks, obesity, or drug or alcohol problems, to name just a few, so “why can't they go get counsel that helps them overcome these unwanted attractions, behaviors, or even gender confusion? They should be able to do so, and that's the essence of counseling, but that is ultimately being thwarted by the city and the county," he says.
It is also a matter of the government telling mental health professionals that they are unable to determine the best course for minors.
The ordinances also prohibit parents from deciding what is in their child's best interest.