Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a bill that underscores the rights of therapists, counselors and other mental-health professionals to refuse clients with issues they believe violate their personally held convictions and beliefs – but some say the measure was a back-door attempt to undercut the current LGBT community’s demand for certain rights.
As BuzzFeed reported, the American Counseling Association criticized the measure as conflicting with the field’s code of ethics because it appeared to target and discriminate against LGBT individuals. And an online petition that generated 42,738 supporters before closing called on Tennessee to “don’t deny LGBTQ folks mental health care!” After Haslam signed the bill into law, the petition website sported the message: “Petition closed. Sadly, Governor Haslam signed this bill into law … FULL REPORT