Tennessee: 5 Million Lost.

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The American Counseling Association was planning to hold its 2017 national convention in Nashville, but after Tennessee lawmakers passed a law allowing for religious discrimination in counseling, the organization decided not to reward the state with its business. Last week, the ACA announced it would instead be heading to the “inclusive and inviting city” of San Francisco.

The new Tennessee law ensures that any counselor or therapist can decide not to provide services to a client if doing so violates their religious beliefs. A lawsuit challenging its constitutionality points out that it flagrantly violates the ACA Code of Ethics, which the state had previously embraced as the standard for its counselors and therapists.

Back in May, ACA officials announced that after hearing complaints from many members, they would move the convention somewhere else. “Of all the state legislation I have seen passed in my 30 years with ACA, the new Tennessee law based on Senate Bill 1556/House Bill 1840 is by far the worst. This law directly targets the counseling profession, would deny services to those most in need, and constitutes a dilemma for ACA members because it allows for violation of ACA’s Code of Ethics,” CEO Richard Yep said at the time. “By relocating from Tennessee, ACA is standing up to this discriminatory law and we remain committed in the battle to ensure that this law does not become the national standard.”

Way to go, ACA! Let’s all hope this economic hit might knock some sense into Tennessee lawmakers.

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  1. johnson catman says

    Nah, they will probably just double-down like the bigots in the NC legislature and McCrory. Bigots gotta bigot.

  2. says

    Probably, but one can hope. 5 mil is a pretty big hit, you know some people are not going to be happy about that, at all.

  3. johnson catman says

    CAP: HB2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars In Economic Activity. According to a report from the Center for American Progress based on publicly available estimates of the economic impact of lost or at-risk business activity or events, the North Carolina economy could potentially lose out on more than $568 million in private-sector economic activity through 2018. According to the report, the state has already lost out on $86 million and stands to lose upwards of an additional $481 million due to cancelled events, businesses leaving the area, and tourism declines if HB2 is not repealed. [The Center for American Progress, 4/13/2016]

    I pulled this from this link: http://mediamatters.org/research/2016/04/13/media-document-economic-cost-north-carolina-s-anti-lgbt-law/209905

    Yet, McCrory and his pals in Raleigh continue to claim that it is having very little impact. Reality, as always, has a liberal bias.

  4. says

    Arnold air force base is in Tenn. I’m sure the air force can’t have pilots refusing to drop bombs on people because of their religious orientation or the target’s sexual orientation. Time to close that base, methinks.

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