Judge defies Supreme Court in gay-counseling ban

Posted on September 30, 2019 6:24 am


A federal judge in Maryland has defied U.S. Supreme Court precedent and dismissed a lawsuit over the state’s ban on counseling against same-sex inclinations.

Christopher Doyle, a licensed professional counselor, sued the state because of its ban on minors receiving voluntary counseling from licensed professionals to reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attractions.

Liberty Counsel said it would appeal the ruling immediately to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

States have begun adopting such speech bans. One claimed it was “professional speech” as opposed to ordinary speech and wasn’t protected by the First Amendment.

The Supreme Court, however,