This is just awful!
On Wednesday, it was reported that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill that allows counselors with "sincerely held principles" to deny care to clients from the LGBT community. Seriously?
As we previously reported, the Volunteer State's Senate passed this upsetting piece of legislation earlier this month — not long after a slew of other southern states passed discriminatory bills that targeted the rights of gay, lesbian, and transgender citizens. So sad!
Apparently, the governor decided not to veto the controversial legal document as he felt that his concerns had been addressed in the final revision of the bill. It's said that Haslam felt reassured in his decision when he learned that the bill one, requires therapists and counselors to help clients who are an imminent danger to themselves or others, and two, that the professional must arrange a referral to another counselor.
Hmm, go on. In a recent statement, Haslam explained: