Your voice is needed to help protect children, free speech, and parental rights in Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Legislature’s Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing this week on a bill that would force counselors and all health care professionals to affirm transgenderism and same-sex attraction in children.
The Lincoln City Council just passed an ordinance to do this at the city level, and now activists are attempting to do the same thing across the entire state.
Under LB 231, it would be illegal for a licensed counselor, psychologist, or health care professional to talk to a child in a way that changes or diminishes same-sex attraction or gender identity perception.
If this bill passes, licensed counselors and psychologists would be required to affirm transgenderism and same-sex attraction in children—or lose their license.
We can all agree that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Professional regulations prohibit any abusive and coercive therapy, but this bill uses broad language to encompass any sort of counseling, including basic talk therapy.
The bottom line is, LB 231 violates freedom of speech within a very private relationship and would ban talk therapy from a Christian worldview on sexual orientation and gender identity issues.
LB 231 is set for a committee hearing on February 26th, and you can submit a letter to the Judiciary Committee in opposition to this bill by simply sending an email.
This is a simple, yet effective way for senators on the Committee to hear concerns from Nebraska citizens and keep the bill from advancing.
Please send an email to the Judiciary Committee Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short letter in opposition to LB 231 no later than 12 PM on Thursday, February 25th.
Your letter must identify the bill number (LB 231), include your name and address, state that you are writing in opposition of the bill, and request that the letter be “included as part of the public hearing record.”
Below is a sample letter with talking points for you to choose from. Please personalize your letter, pick two or three bullet points, and send your letter to email@example.com.
Thank you for standing up for family values and helping us oppose this bill.
SAMPLE LETTER AND TALKING POINTS
Chairman Lathrop and Members of the Judiciary Committee,
My name is [FULL NAME], and I live at [ADDRESS]. I am writing in opposition to LB 231 and request that this letter be included as part of the public hearing record.
We can all agree that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We should also agree that all individuals and families should be free to choose the counseling goals best for them.
Professional regulations prohibit abusive and coercive therapy, but this bill uses broad language to encompass any sort of counseling, including basic talk therapy.
Freedom of speech is a fundamental right guaranteed by the First Amendment, and LB 231 violates freedom of speech within a very private relationship.
In a diverse and pluralistic society like ours, space must be given to people with differing views on how best to approach these sensitive issues. Legislators should not attempt to sanction the moral beliefs of its citizens with regards to human sexuality.
LB 231 undermines individual freedom through its restrictions on counseling and unconstitutionally engages in viewpoint discrimination.
Tolerance and respect for good‐faith differences of opinion are essential in a diverse society like ours. It is unprecedented for the government to censor a free and open discussion between a counselor and their patient.
The proposed ordinance demonstrates hostility toward many of the world’s major religions, including Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, that teach about the sacredness of our biological design. These are sincere people of good faith who should not be punished for holding different beliefs on human sexuality than those currently in political power.
A counselor shouldn’t be used as a tool to impose the government’s views on their patients.