Judge rules against city's counseling ban

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Counselor listening to childA counseling ban in Florida has been struck down by a federal judge.

Liberty Counsel announced Oct. 4 it had won a summary judgement against the City of Tampa in a lawsuit that represents a family therapist and a Christian ministry.

The federal judge, William F. Jung, ruled that a local government lacks the authority to regulate counseling, which requires action at the state level.

Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow that Florida lawmakers have been unable to pass a state law.

Staver

“But more than that,” he says, “it has great information coming from the expert testimony, even the testimony presented by the city, which really went against the city.”

Liberty Counsel is representing therapist Robert Vazzon and a Tampa Bay-based ministry, New Hearts Outreach.

“Tampa's ordinance is one of about nearly 60 similar ordinances around the country,” he advises, “where local governments have passed these ordinances like some of the statewide laws that ban counselors from providing -- and minor clients and their families from receiving -- any counsel to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction, behavior, or gender confusion."

Citing the judge’s ruling, Staver says Tampa cannot come back and repass this ordinance.

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