Counseling Freedom for All
Protect the Rights of All Minnesotans:
Use the button below to contact the Minnesota legislators who represent you. Tell them why you OPPOSE HF12/SF83!
Minnesota politicians have no business deciding who gets counseling and support and who doesn’t. But some members of the Minnesota legislature are trying to do just that. A bill has been introduced that would prohibit 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 doesn’t stop there—it even threatens churches and other organizations with prosecution for fraud if they offer fee-based services that would uphold Biblical teaching on sexuality, such as a church conference.
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Where Is The Bill?
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
Because the Counseling Ban language has been passed by the Minnesota House, but not the Minnesota Senate, it will be part of the negotiations between the two branches of the legislature (conference committees) as the end of the legislative session approaches. Now is the time to contact your legislators in both branches: tell them to PROTECT freedom in counseling for all Minnesotans.
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
People should be in the driver’s seat when choosing their objectives for any kind of counseling or treatment they seek.
Parents and children should have access to ALL counseling and mental health care options, not just some.
Government bureaucrats have no right to interfere in the relationship between a patient and their counselor or health care provider.
The bill would violate the Constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of religion for families, professional counselors, and schools and churches.
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!
Use the buttons below to read the bill and to find the names and contact information of your legislators.
Tell Your Minnesota Legislator:
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.
Other great points:
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:
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
National Task Force for Therapy Equality: Counseling Ban Opposition Letter
Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Memorandum: The implications of the NIFLA v. Becerra Supreme Court victory on counseling bans as proposed in Minnesota and California
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons: Counseling Ban Opposition Letter.
National Task Force for Therapy Equality Fact Sheet: What Happens When Therapy is Banned?
How to Think About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Policies and Religious Freedom, by Ryan T. Anderson, The Heritage Foundation