Counseling Freedom for All

Protect the Rights of All Minnesotans

Why Minnesota Family Council Opposed So-Called “Conversion Therapy” Bans

Minnesota politicians have no business deciding who gets counseling and support and who doesn’t. But some members of the Minnesota legislature tried to do just that in 2019. A bill was introduced that would have prohibited people experiencing questions about their sexual identity from receiving counseling that would help them live consistently with their biological sex (which the bill misleadingly labels “conversion therapy”).

And the bill didn’t stop there—it even threatened churches and other organizations with prosecution for fraud if they offered fee-based services that would uphold Biblical teaching on sexuality, such as a church conference.

Thank you for joining us in FIGHTING this harmful bill, and in PRAYING for our legislators! We’re glad to report that this bill will not become law.

Read our op-ed in the Star Tribune on why legislators should always protect Counseling Freedom for all!

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Defeated Counseling Ban Bill History

  • January 10, 2019: Counseling Ban is introduced in Minnesota House and referred to Health and Human Services Committee

  • February 13, 2019: Counseling Ban passes House Health and Human Services Policy Committee

  • March 12, 2019: Counseling Ban passes House Commerce Committee

  • April 25, 2019: Counseling Ban language is passed by Minnesota House as part of Health and Human Services Omnibus (HHS) bill

  • May 1, 2019: Counseling ban language is rejected

  • May 25, 2019: Special session ends without further action on the bill. The counseling ban failed to pass!

Encouraging Testimony from the Health and Human Services Hearing

If you have a few minutes, please watch the inspiring testimony below from seven men and women who received compassionate counseling when they were going through unwanted same-sex attraction. They want to make sure that the next generation has the right to receive the counseling they want as well.

Five Reasons Why the Counseling Ban is Bad for Minnesota

  1. People should be in the driver’s seat when choosing their objectives for any kind of counseling or treatment they seek.

  2. Parents and children should have access to ALL counseling and mental health care options, not just some.

  3. Government bureaucrats have no right to interfere in the relationship between a patient and their counselor or health care provider.

  4. The bill would violate the Constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of religion for families, professional counselors, and schools and churches.

  5. Finally, and most importantly, Christians believe that people can change and find true joy in embracing biblical teaching on sexuality. All Minnesotans should be able to live out their faith without fear of being banned from receiving counseling, or prosecuted for fraud for preaching that God can change hearts!

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Reasons to Oppose Future Efforts to Limit Access to Counseling

  • People should have the freedom to pursue the counseling they desire.

  • At the heart of many religions is the idea that people can change and find true joy in embracing and living out their faith. Government should protect the right of individuals to practice their faith, not threaten it.

  • Many people find joy in living consistent with their beliefs regarding sexuality and gender.

  • People looking for change should be free to find services and resources from counselors, schools, and religious organizations to help them achieve their desired goals.

  • Politicians have no business telling people that their counseling goals are illegal.

  • By applying to any “transaction,” HF12/SF83 could prevent a counselor from helping an adult client explore all options to address questions over sexual orientation, an author from selling a book challenging gender identity ideology, and even a church from hosting a ticketed conference addressing issues of sexuality and identity.

  • Politicians have no business denying people the freedom to find counseling and resources to help them find happiness or to shut down counselors, schools, and religious organization that provide those services.

  • Faith traditions all agree: a person’s identity isn’t about sexual desires, but about the values a person chooses.

Bill Authors in Minnesota House (2019 Session):

Cantrell ; Hortman ; Winkler ; Xiong, J. ; Kunesh-Podein ; Moran ; Freiberg ; Wolgamott ; Hansen ; Loeffler ; Lee ; Her ; Vang ; Masin ; Hornstein ; Dehn ; Liebling ; Lillie ; Morrison ; Edelson ; Moller ; Bahner ; Wazlawik ; Hassan ; Tabke ; Howard ; Christensen ; Brand ; Richardson ; Long ; Pinto ; Mann ; Stephenson ; Fischer ; Lippert

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