Law Could Cost Convention Trade

Tennessee’s new law allowing therapists to refuse treatment based on their closely held religious beliefs could result in lost trade. Gov. Bill Haslam signed the controversial legislation this week, saying it provided adequate safeguards to cover treatment for at risk patients. The Tennessean reports the American Counseling Association opposes the law, saying it codifies discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people. The Association says it’s considering moving a planned convention in Nashville next year because of the law. An expected 3,000 convention goers would generate up to $4 Million in tax revenue with local economic impact of some $10 million.

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