ACA cancels Nashville conference to protest "religious counseling law"


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The American Counseling Association announced Tuesday that it is cancelling plans to hold a conference in Nashville next year to protest a Tennessee law letting therapists decline to see patients based on religious values and personal principles.

The ACA, which has condemned Tennessee's new law as a "hate bill" that discriminates against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, has called the legislation an unprecedented attack on its profession. The organization says no other state has passed such a law.

The ACA published this video message explaining its decision:

Meanwhile, at a meeting in April, Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) told other Williamson County lawmakers, "So the American Counseling Association is saying now they don't want to have their convention in TN in 2017? Fine. If they think they can dictate public policy in the State of Tennessee by threatening us, they got another thing coming."

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