Will High Court Let Teens Get the Counseling They Want?
 
Will High Court Let Teens Get the Counseling They Want?
Written By Charlie Butts   |   08.14.15

A Christian legal organization is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case prohibiting counseling for young people who want help ridding themselves of same-gender attractions.

New Jersey and California have passed laws barring professional counselors from offering therapy to youth, even if the boy or girl has requested it for whatever reason, including religious beliefs.

Liberty CounselLiberty Counsel attorney Daniel Schmidt tells OneNewsNow his firm dealt with both cases.

“We challenged that in court obviously as a violation of the First Amendment as a right to the counselors’ free speech rights, the rights of the minors to receive that information, the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children, and the rights of all of them to the exercise of their religion,” Schmidt reports.

He contends it is a gross intrusion into private relationships between parents, their children, and counselors.

“Here the government steps in and says, ‘You can talk to minors about sexual orientation, and you can talk to them about same-sex attractions and gender confusion, but only if you can do it from an encouraging and affirming standpoint,'” the attorney relays.

The cases from New Jersey and California, filed on behalf of counselors, were both rejected by the Supreme Court. The latest case from New Jersey, rejected by federal courts on two levels, is on behalf of a young person who wants the counseling. Liberty Counsel is asking the Supreme Court to hear that case.

Charlie Butts
Charlie is a reporter with American Family Association’s OneNewsNow.com.  He has been a newsman for some 40 years.  From his humble beginnings at KWHP in Edmund, Oklahoma — where the studio was in the station owner’s garage and the transmitter was in the bedroom — Charlie’s career has ranged from local to network news.  He was News Director at the award-winning and legendary station, KFJZ AM in Fort Worth.  He also anchored newscasts at The Texas State Network.  ...

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