NYC Repeals Prohibition Against Reparative Therapy Because It’s Unconstitutional

The Empire State Building is lit in rainbow colors during the celebration of the annual Gay Pride Parade in New York June 28, 2015.

“The law is a gross intrusion into the fundamental rights of counselors and clients. Every person should have access to the counselor of his or her choice. No government has the authority to prohibit a form of counseling simply because it does not like the religious or moral beliefs of a particular counselor or client.”

The New York City Council has decided to repeal a ban on “reparative therapy” because they recognize that the two-year-old law will probably be struck down by the Supreme Court on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

Although a proclivity to bestiality, incest, homosexuality, and gender confusion is primarily a spiritual issue that should be addressed in terms of sin and repentance. there may very well be a mental component to the behavior that can be helped by various forms of counseling. Such counseling is often called “Conversion Therapy” and spans the spectrum of everything from classical psychology to Biblical Nouthetic counseling.

LGBTQ activists have largely demanded to be seen as “normal ” and not in need of being fixed, in spite of suffering from mental disorders. Little by little, American culture has condemned reparative therapy altogether, with many municipalities and a few whole states banning the practice of helping those who suffer from these mental and spiritual illnesses.

It certainly has not helped reparative therapists, who once having the support of Albert Mohler, suffered his 180-degree about-face on the subject, and his rejection of the practice in 2015. At the “SBC Breaking Bread with Homosexuals” conference, Mohler publicly changed his views on sexual orientation. Reparative therapy has since been the whipping boy of both secularists and conservative evangelicals who have surrendered their hopes in sanctification for the gay celibate movement.

However, the NYC move to repeal the ban on reparative therapy has come from a homosexual council member. Council Speaker Corey Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday to repeal the ban of “services intended to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.” 

The reason provided for the repeal is because of the current make-up of the Supreme Court which barely leans conservative, thanks to President Donald J. Trump’s appointment of two court justices. Also, the Second Circuit overseeing NYC has become more conservative thanks to appointments by Trump.

Councilman Johnson said…

“Obviously I didn’t want to repeal this. I don’t want to be someone who is giving in to these right-wing groups. But the Supreme Court has become conservative; the Second Circuit, which oversees New York, has become more conservative.”

The Christian Post cited Mat Staver of the Liberty Council as adding…

“The law is a gross intrusion into the fundamental rights of counselors and clients. Every person should have access to the counselor of his or her choice. No government has the authority to prohibit a form of counseling simply because it does not like the religious or moral beliefs of a particular counselor or client.”

Thankfully, those suffering from debilitating mental and spiritual maladies can legally seek professional counselors for help overcoming their baser desires.


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