Huge Victory in Tampa

Oct 5, 2019

Thanks to friends like you, Liberty Counsel defeated the aggressive LGBT agenda in court yesterday. A federal judge nixed a city of Tampa ban on counseling to help people struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions.

Big Brother government—with LGBT activists whispering in its ear—tried to ignore the First Amendment, muzzle counselors, and restrict minors from obtaining the counseling they want.

But because of friends and partners like you who pray and give, Liberty Counsel took on an authoritarian city government and won.

We’re waging the fight against similar counseling bans in Maryland, California and New Jersey. Your generous support now will help win more victories.

And our docket in defense of life, liberty and family is as full as it’s ever been. We’re fighting Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and have many other crucial cases in courts nationwide.

That’s why your prayers and financial support are so needed today.

Please see my victory report below! — Mat.

In a huge victory for freedom with national implications, a federal judge Friday permanently blocked a city of Tampa ordinance banning counseling to help minors struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions.

Federal Judge William F. Jung issued an order granting summary judgment to Liberty Counsel in its suit to invalidate Tampa’s overreaching ordinance.

The city’s pro-LGBT law prohibited licensed counselors from providing voluntary talk therapy to minors seeking help to reduce or eliminate their unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or identity.

The ruling permanently strikes down the ordinance, which also imposed significant monetary fines on counselors who provide this voluntary counseling.

+  +  Judge: Tampa has no authority to regulate healthcare

The court ruled that local governments do not have authority to regulate counseling because it is the prerogative of the state. The 41-page ruling states, in part:

“There is no grant of authority by the Florida Legislature to municipalities to substantively regulate healthcare treatment and discipline.”

“The City has never before substantively regulated and disciplined the practice of medicine, psychotherapy, or mental health treatment within City limits. Nor does the City possess charter or home rule authority to do so. The City Ordinance is preempted by the comprehensive Florida regulatory scheme for healthcare regulation and discipline.

Accordingly, the Court strikes the Ordinance . . .”

This is a crucial win.

This is a great victory for counselors and clients—and it’s only possible because of friends of freedom like you.

Regulating healthcare is above the pay grade of local municipalities. While striking down the ordinance, the court shredded the arguments used to justify these unconstitutional counseling bans.

+  +  Death blow to similar ordinances across Florida

This ruling dooms every municipality in Florida which likewise tries to intrude into the sacred counselor-client alliance.

And it’s also the beginning of the end of more than 50 similar local laws around the country. It shows clearly why the other statewide laws will meet the same fate as Tampa.

The First Amendment will wipe away every one of these speech-restrictive laws. But to make that happen in court I need your help.

Liberty Counsel is fighting similar counseling bans in Maryland, New Jersey and California. Will you help us take on and defeat the LGBT agenda in court with a gift today?

Your support will help us win more battles in defense of liberty, life and family in courts across America!

Thank you for standing with Liberty Counsel in defense of freedom!

God bless you,

Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S. YOU AND I MUST NOT ALLOW any federal, state or local government or agency to usurp the individual rights of parents, children or their counselors on such personal matters! Please give today to defend freedom!