Gay-rights activists sue Tennessee over law protecting religious counselors

by Bradford Richardson  |  published on June 8, 2016

A pair of LGBT activists on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, challenging a recently enacted law that allows therapists and counselors to decline to serve gay clients when doing so would violate their sincerely held beliefs.

Bleu Copas and Caleb Laieski said the new law unconstitutionally targets and discriminates against gay people.

Mr. Laieski, a prominent gay-rights activist who lives in Washington, D.C., said in a statement the goal of the lawsuit is to “send a clear message to Tennessee that discrimination will not be tolerated, especially when it jeopardizes folks seeking mental health services.”

And Mr. Copas, a Tennessee counselor, said the law is discriminatory and sends the wrong message to “an already marginalized group of Tennesseans.”

  • usmcb10

    What God called an abomination in the Bible is still sin today. People can call it by any other name that they want to but God called an abomination it was then and it is now. When will our nation wake up?

  • edorr1atcoxdotnet

    This is why we definitely need a Republican in the White House, and House and Senate. They can vote (hopefully) to overturn Obama’s Exec. Decision to allow gays/lesbians/transgender rights to rule over we Christians who are appalled.

  • Richard Hennessy

    Tennessee is one of the states, along with North Carolina and and Mississippi, where my religious liberty will be protected. These are states where I prefer to vacation and spend my money. I believe these states should be supported in whatever way sensible people can find to support them. States like Georgia, not so much. When I travel across Georgia, I do so as quickly as possible and spend little money there, avoiding buying fuel or staying overnight. I prefer to be part of the solution, as do Tennessee, North Carolina and Mississippi, rather than part of the problem.

  • Donnie Buchanan

    It is a ruling that, if reversed, would be discriminatory. Our freedom to practice our religion is clearly defined in the Constitution whereas there is no God given right for sexual perversion. Tennessee, stand strong!

  • Raymond Charron

    This kind of valoney should be kept out of the live wires. It’s no big thing being gay or straight or whatever. Leave everyone alone and be happy. Must we go back to liiving in the closet? Maybe those who complain complain too much and profess it’s against their religion or something like that. Baloney. Religions are for the soul. Being gay is alive style. They still mix unless you’re discriminatory. Then you’re just an asshole. Live your life and let others live theirs, even if it’s a bit different from yours.

  • justinwachin

    If you don’t like Tennessee’s laws maybe you should move. Don’t come to Kentucky; we don’t want you here. I’m tired of the lgbt whiners who expect society to embrace their depraved lifestyles.

    The lgbt activists are now creating a cottage industry for suing anyone who doesn’t totally accept their depraved agenda. By the way, at one time homosexuality and transgenderism was considered to be mental illnesses. Maybe mental health professionals should address these people from that standpoint and work to cure them from homosexuality and transgenderism.

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  • Daniel D. Moore

    There right to sue…Because believe Me if anyone needs help it these QUEERS!

  • Rodney Steward

    It’s for sure, these queers need help, and if this fails, feed them to ISIS, they’re no good to this country!

  • SDofAZ

    Is anyone else sick of these attorneys who file lawsuits everywhere about everything? I think crapola like this should be sorted out of everyday stuff and put on the back burners. Enough of this poor us the minority of people who want the majority to bow to them. People should have the right to refuse service to those that they do not want to serve for whatever reason they feel is necessary. Get over it liberals, the age of PC is closing.

    • Glenda Jordan

      I work with a few LG’s and they have made comments about how “out of control some have taken things” and “frivolous actions”. For them it’s about living quiet, happy lives and only common sense they try to seek services from those that support them on personal issues as choosing a doctor, counselors etc. They say it’s nonsense for all the small stuff as in bakers, photographers,etc cause they have their own “community” or network for such things. So absolutely it’s these paid activists and attorneys taking this fritter and waste through our courts.

      • Rodney Steward

        Soros BS!

        • Glenda Jordan

          What do you think is “Soros BS”?? My post about a few LG’s I work with and bits of discussions I’ve heard that they believe much now is over the top….not sure what is meant by your reply. Government…..barry & his adm (being of the sch of soros) has created this chaos and been trying to push this on us-as like in this article the frivolous lawsuits continue.

          • Rodney Steward

            I should have made myself a little clearer, I was talking about the ones that are causing the trouble, and Soros has been funding almost all the Chaos in this country as in almost all other countries!

          • Glenda Jordan

            T/Y for making it clear…now I can agree with you. I realize my coworkers may be only of a small percent that feel as they do…maybe older and mature?? But, I do believe most of the trouble causing comes from the younger LGBT crowd if not funded by Soros (as you mentioned) and a trickle down affect from our very own clown in chief-barry.

    • Rodney Steward

      These attorneys are like politicians, they’d sell their souls to the devil for a dollar!

      • USNavyPatriot

        It’s clear they have sold their souls to the devil. We can be sure of one thing: Heaven is not all inclusive, like the sick radical liberals try to impose on our society in this life.

  • Shaymamma8

    I hope Bleu Copas and Caleb Laieski sue the state of Tennessee for a lot of money. No matter what these so called religious nuts call it it , it is still discrimination. I think we Americans need to start discriminating against these nuts. Since “everything” is against their “freedoms” , we as a nation need to start taxing all religious organizations that use religion as an excuse to discriminate. Problem solved!!

    • SDofAZ

      NOT! Why does this have to be about the minority? The person giving services should have a right to refuse. And there is something fundamentally wrong with the government forcing this issue with their mandates from courts no less. Smells like, feels like big brother.

  • Luke

    They should be institutionalized for observation, then they’ll shut their pervert mouth about it..

  • Francisco Machado

    The activists want the people whom they support to be dealt with by counselors ideologically opposed to their lifestyles? And they don’t think this could “jeopardizes folks seeking mental health services”? These people are totally daft. I even recall news stories of gay rights activists opposing counseling by people who don’t believe in their life style.

  • joleenworden

    Well if I was a counselor I would want to offer therapy to gays, because they are mentally disturbed and need to end their self destructive lifestyle. Aids is real and it kills, not to mention other possible health issues that can ruin their lives. Gays surely need help so why would a Christian turn them away?

    • SDofAZ

      But the right to refuse service is still the individuals choice. Get government mandates out of it.

  • Sue Lenhart

    A counselor has every bit as much of a right to reject certain kinds of business that violate his religious beliefs/faith as a cake baker or a florist who does not want to service gay weddings. Copas and Laieski need a judge to send them that message unequivocably and without reservation.

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