A non-profit litigation, education, and policy organization has filed a legal challenge against the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, both located in Florida, over laws that exist there prohibiting minors from receiving voluntary counseling from licensed professionals to help reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attraction, homosexual behavior, or gender confusion.
Liberty Counsel, the group in question, reportedly filed a brief in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the constitutionality of the counseling ban, which impinges upon the freedom of young individuals to seek help for personal issues of this nature that they wish to overcome.
The appeal comes after U.S. District Court Judge Robin Rosenberg denied a preliminary injunction to block the ordinances that was sought by Liberty Counsel on behalf of both Dr. Robert Otto, LMFT, and Dr. Julie Hamilton, LMFT, as well as their minor clients. According to Liberty Counsel, both doctors are licensed therapists who provide “life-saving counseling to minors who desperately desire to conform their attractions, behaviors, and gender identities to their sincerely held religious beliefs.”
While Judge Rosenberg admitted that neither the City of Boca Raton nor Palm Beach County successfully satisfied the requirement of showing that their ordinances banning such counseling services meet binding constitutional precedent, she denied the preliminary injunction regardless, which Liberty Counsel is now challenging.
“In denying the preliminary injunction, Judge Rosenberg disregarded binding precedent and avoided ruling on the central constitutional claim in the case,” Liberty Counsel says.
“In National Institute for Family & Life Advocates v. Becerra (NIFLA), involving crisis pregnancy centers, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear that the government must satisfy the highest constitutional scrutiny when it enacts laws infringing on the speech of licensed professionals.”
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The crux of the matter is that Americans, if truly free, possess the inalienable right to opt for any type of counseling or therapy they so choose – even if it’s “politically incorrect” in nature. Otherwise, Americans aren’t truly free, and are simply beholden to the whims of Leftist politicians whom, in this case, are clearly trying to usurp individual rights to satisfy the demands of the LGBT Mafia.
“These ordinances are unconstitutional speech restrictions that violate the First Amendment,” maintains Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver.
“We have a number of similar challenges pending in other federal courts,” he adds. “It is just a matter of time before one of them gets to the Supreme Court and may put an end to these draconian speech restrictions.”
These cases being bravely sought for victory by Liberty Counsel represent a critical juncture for the future of our country. If successful, they’ll open up the door for young people to hear a perspective on sexuality that’s much different than the one being pushed by the Cult of LGBT.
In California, as we recently reported, public school curriculum is being completely revamped in an effort to normalize every type of perversion in the LGBT playbook – which is exactly why places like the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County want to outlaw all forms of counseling that contradict this agenda.
It’s all about capturing the minds of children at as young an age as possible, effectively converting them into the Religion of LGBT for life. And it’s exactly what the good folks over at Liberty Counsel are working to prevent, at the same time preserving the God-given and constitutionally afforded right to seek counsel without government interference.
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