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Protection Could Be On the Way for Christian Counselors in Arkansas

The governor of Tennessee signed a bill into law in April that protects Christian counselors who don’t want to advise clients about sinful relationships. Counselors may refer these clients to a different counselor.

Arkansas is attempting to do the same. Salem Radio Network News reported that the state’s Board of Examiners in Counseling has approved a rule to protect Christian counselors and therapists. An excerpt:

The state of Arkansas has taken steps toward approving a rule that would allow counselors to refer gay and lesbian patients to counselors who are comfortable treating them.

Although some have argued that the new rule would permit discrimination against gays and lesbians, Michael Loos, the board’s executive director, said the rule is actually aimed at preventing Arkansas from enacting a broader version of the rule, such as the one recently enacted in Tennessee.

Because the U.S. Supreme Court redefined marriage to include two people of the same sex (one day three, four, five, or more), lawmakers are enacting legislation to protect Christian professionals from job loss, punitive government fines, and possible bankruptcy for refusing to participate in and celebrate what the God they worship calls sin.

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