Counseling group cancels conference to target Tennessee law
By SHEILA BURKE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The American Counseling Association’s leader says the group hopes to send a message by canceling its conference in Nashville, Tennessee, next year.
The cancellation, announced Tuesday, comes after the Tennessee General Assembly passed a new law allowing therapists to decline to see patients based on religious values and personal principles.
ACA CEO Richard Yep says the move is aimed at warning other states not to introduce bills that target gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. He says no other state has passed a similar measure.
The law’s supporters say government shouldn’t force professionals to act against their deepest moral principles.
Nashville officials have opposed the law and have warned that the Music City would pay the price for something they didn’t create or support.
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