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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A leading figure in Tennessee’s counseling community spoke out Wednesday about a new state law that shield’s therapists from discipline if they violate professional standards by refusing to treat patients due to strongly held personal beliefs.

Supporters of the law say it protects the rights of the counselor and is in the best interests of patients. Opponents say it is a thinly veiled attack on the LGBT community.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The nation's largest counseling association announced Tuesday that its national convention will not be held in Nashville next year as planned. The move follows passage of a controversial Tennessee law that allows therapists to refuse treatment to patients based on strongly held personal beliefs.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The CEO of the nation’s largest counseling association says his organization will discipline any Tennessean who violates the group’s code of ethics, in spite of a new state law written to shield them from such action.

The American Counseling Association fought to defeat Tennessee House Bill 1840 which allows therapists to turn patients away for “sincerely held principles.” 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public colleges and universities to be armed on campus has become law without Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's signature.

Haslam said he disagrees with the bill for not allowing campus leaders to make their own decision about allowing guns. But the governor acknowledged that the final version of the measure had addressed some concerns raised by college administrators.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A high-ranking Washington State officials says no one from her office will attend a national conference in Tennessee in part because of a bill signed by Gov. Haslam allowing counselors to refuse to treat patients based the therapist's religious or personal beliefs.

Washington’s Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she will not go to the National Association of Secretaries of State summer meeting.