Counseling Conference Canceled because of New Law

The American Counseling Association announced Tuesday that it is canceling 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 The organization says no other state has passed such a law and it has vowed to work to get it repealed.

The ACA had already booked its expo in the Music City toward the end of March, but decided to cancel after careful consideration, and hearing from the organization’s members, said Richard Yep, its CEO.

By pulling out, the organization, which has vowed to work to repeal the new law, is hoping to keep similar measures from passing around the country.

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