The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
As Americans we have the right to live out and practice our different faiths without government interference. The Constitution protects the exercise of religion, not solely the idea of religion. Recently the government has tried to restrict religious freedoms, arguing that the First Amendment protects the idea of religion but not the practice.
Nevada Family Alliance stands with religious individuals as well as religious organizations, in the fight to guarantee the First Amendment right to practice faith at home as well as at a place of business. Business owners have the right to operate their businesses according to the dictates of the conscience.
SB 201 – Prohibitions on Counseling
SB 201 will prohibit licensed “psychotherapists,” from counseling minors regarding unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity. If a 6-year-old biological boy believes he’s a girl, this bill would prohibit counseling for that child about his biological sex. He could only receive counseling affirming his choice to be a girl.
Under SB 201 “gender identity conversion therapy” is defined as any psychotherapy, counseling, hypnosis, or other treatment or therapy aimed at altering the gender-related identity of a person so that such gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth, is eliminated, reduced or, redirected to the person’s assigned sex at birth.
A minor who is confused about their sexual orientation as a result of sexual abuse will be denied therapy simply because it is not LGBT affirming. The child is, in effect, raped twice – first by the perpetrator and then again by the political environment, which refuses to treat the child unless he sees a LGBT-affirming therapist.
Every patient should be free to choose the therapy that they believe will best help them accomplish their therapeutic goals. SB 201 interferes with the freedom and liberty interests of patients and their parents.
Read the full-text bill here: SB 201
Please contact the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee members and urge a NO vote on SB 201.
Kevin Atkinson – Chair
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