“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17)
Those who read the Albany Update on a regular basis are familiar with the Counselor Coercion Bill (Bill S.263-Hoylman/A.3977-Glick), an anti-faith, anti-family, anti-freedom measure that has passed the New York State Assembly for the fourth consecutive year.
The Counselor Coercion Bill would punish licensed mental health professionals who engage in “sexual orientation change efforts”—also known as change therapy—with clients under 18 years of age. If this bill were to become law, professional counselors who help minor clients seeking to overcome unwanted same-sex (homosexual) attractions could have their professional licenses suspended or revoked and could be punished with fines of up to $10,000.00.
The Counselor Coercion Bill is based upon the false belief that same-sex attraction cannot be changed, as well as the related false belief that attempts to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction cause harm. In reality, many people have resolved unwanted same-sex attractions through a variety of means, and it is homosexual behavior—not change therapy—that is harmful and dangerous. Sexual orientation change efforts, conducted by responsible professionals, hurt no one; in fact, they have helped many people to reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attraction. Teenagers with unwanted same-sex attraction and their parents should have the opportunity to select professional counselors that meet their needs, and the New York State Legislature should not dictate the type of assistance that professional counselors—including Christian counselors—can provide.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports Christian efforts—including efforts by Christian mental health professionals—to assist persons who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction. We are committed to keeping change therapy available in New York to persons of all ages. We also wish to be available as an informational resource for those seeking professional counseling to address unwanted same-sex attraction. To help us achieve these goals, we call upon all licensed mental health professionals—including Christian mental health professionals—that provide change therapy in New York to contact us to let us know if they are available to receive potential client referrals, and if they are available to assist in our advocacy efforts against the Counselor Coercion Bill.