Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/16/19  9:20 am
Commenter: Hugh Owen

Do Not Impose Totalitarian Restrictions on Parents and Counselors

I am a retired school principal with a permanent license to be a superintendent of schools or K-12 principal in the state of New York.  To prohibit parents and counselors from helping children to overcome same-sex attraction or other disordered inclinations (such as pornography addiction) is a form of totalitarianism:

  • Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children.
  • Some young people may have attractions they desire to change or moderate. Others may simply desire counseling to live a chaste life.  In either instance, there should be options for families to make informed decisions.
  • A ban would deny families the religious freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith. 
CommentID: 71445