Nebraska’s Catholic Conference: Therapists Should Be Able To Refuse Service To Gays, Deny Referrals

Jim Cunningham, the executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, is insisting that “psychologists, therapists and other licensed counselors should be able to refuse to treat clients because of religious or moral convictions and not have to refer them to another therapist.” According to the AP, the NCC’s concern “rose largely from an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage, raising the prospect that gay couples could come to Nebraska therapists for marriage counseling.” State social workers, psychologists and family therapists are responding to the demand by asking Nebraska to adopt rules “that would require certain mental health professionals to offer referrals to gay patients if they refuse to treat them because of religious beliefs.”