From the Desk of Mat Staver;
February 5, 2014
Laws passed in California and New Jersey on “change therapy” declare that Big Brother knows better than parents about the counseling their children should receive. These misguided Statist laws place parents and professional counselors on the wrong side of the law.
Liberty Counsel has obtained a stay on the implementation of the California change therapy law while we appeal our case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The law was supposed to have gone into effect on January 1, 2013, but so far our series of appellate battles and requests for injunctions and stays have kept it from being enacted. Now, the law is stayed until the Supreme Court answers our appeal!
For the State to dictate what kind of counseling individuals should receive is the height of hubris and arrogance. It is also blatantly unconstitutional!
On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco granted Liberty Counsel’s motion requesting the court to stay its recent ruling in Pickup v. Brown regarding California’s law SB 1172 which bans change therapy.
The law was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013, but Liberty Counsel obtained an injunction blocking it. Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, but the decision drew a strong dissent from three judges on the appeals court panel.
We filed a motion to stay the opinion, stating that we will be filing a petition asking the Supreme Court to review the case. The Court of Appeals granted the motion and stayed the ruling until the Supreme Court acts on our petition.
Needless to say, our clients are very pleased that the ruling has been stayed!
For now, the law remains blocked and cannot be implemented. Liberty Counsel is asking the United States Supreme Court to review this crucial case.
Liberty Counsel represents parents, their children, and two counseling associations—the National Association of Research and Therapy on Homosexuality and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Under the California law we have been fighting (SB 1172), counselors would be required to provide, and clients to receive, only the viewpoint that same-sex attractions are normal and good. Any counsel to reduce or eliminate same-sex attractions would be banned in California if the law goes into effect.
Now parents, their children, and professional counselors in California (and New Jersey) are in jeopardy of being on the wrong side of the law. Parental rights are under siege. This is a dangerous trend in our nation that must be stopped!
We won’t give up. We will continue fighting to protect young people from pro-homosexual activists and tyrannical politicians for as long as it takes for justice to prevail.
These cases have required our legal team to spend hundreds of hours and many thousands of dollars. Your gift of any amount to support this crucial litigation will be a God-send! Please, consider a special gift today to Liberty Counsel to meet this critical need.
Perverse “change therapy” laws are yet another assault on the American family.
The attack on therapy to reduce or eliminate same-sex attractions has been brought on by the lobbying efforts of dozens of pro-homosexual organizations. It is a calculated political strategy underwritten by misguided foundations and wealthy individuals.
The minors we represent do not want to act on same-sex attractions, nor do they want to engage in such behavior. They are greatly benefiting from the counseling they have received. Their grades have gone up, their self-esteem has improved, and their relationships at home are much improved.
The battle to stop aggressive pro-homosexual legal activism is one of the most important fights in American history.
Liberty Counsel has filed two similar cases on change therapy in New Jersey, King v. Christie and Doe v. Christie.
Change therapy bans have also been proposed in Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington. Liberty Counsel is communicating with legislators in those states. If legislation passes in other states and minors and counselors ask for our help, we will file similar lawsuits to those in California and New Jersey.
The homosexual lawmaker who sponsored the New Jersey law likens change therapy to child abuse, which he says should empower the nanny state to remove children from their homes if subjected to these allegedly harmful therapies!
We must keep fighting for these children and for the freedom to speak the truth about same-sex attractions.
Your financial support today will help keep our legal team engaged in overturning California’s SB 1172, stopping New Jersey’s “Jerry Sandusky Victimization Act” (yet another intentionally misnamed piece of legislation), defending families nationwide, and stopping the radical left’s campaign to criminalize Christianity.
Further, our cherished freedom of speech is in great jeopardy if change therapy bans are allowed to stand. If you believe that it is the role of the parents to decide what is right for their own children, please stand with me in defeating these outlandish laws!
Your gift of $50, $100, or $1,000 will help Liberty Counsel meet these critical needs. Please, give a special gift today.
Please also pray for the Liberty Counsel legal team as we meet these momentous challenges. With your help, we can stop these outrageous laws and turn back the related assault on religious freedom and free speech.
THANK YOU in advance and for standing with us and may God abundantly bless you!
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman