VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill


Please, add your voice and urge Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this discriminatory bill.

Dear Governor Haslam,

We urge you to veto HB1840, which allows counselors to turn away clients based on the counselor's biases and values.  This bill puts the focus on the desires of counselors rather than on the needs of clients, damaging the counseling profession and putting clients at risk. 

An anti-bullying amendment was stripped from the bill in the House Health Committee leaving youth vulnerable in areas where mental health services are not widely available.

Thank you for considering our views.

Who's signing

1,000 signatures

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  • Wendy Shaver
    signed 2016-04-06 14:17:05 -0500
  • Susan Hesson Andersen
    signed 2016-04-06 14:16:25 -0500
    Don’t let Tennessee discriminate.
  • Kessie Palmore
    signed 2016-04-06 14:15:52 -0500
  • Ron Snitker
    signed 2016-04-06 14:14:37 -0500
  • Janine Mueller
    signed 2016-04-06 14:13:33 -0500
    Janine M Mueller
  • Sean Shaver
    signed 2016-04-06 14:13:29 -0500
  • Jason Tippitt
    @TippittJason tweeted link to this page. 2016-04-06 14:11:43 -0500
    Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill
  • Lauren Weinberg
    signed 2016-04-06 14:11:38 -0500
  • Jason Tippitt
    signed 2016-04-06 14:11:00 -0500
  • Francine Antonacci
    signed 2016-04-06 14:09:31 -0500
    HB1840- if counselors feel the need to turn clients away due to lifestyle choices, this bill allows them to turn any client away for any other reason. It is discrimination in BOLD PRINT no matter how you look at it. They need to be in some other line of work, not dealing with people. Clients are being subjected to “religious persecution”…why is that ok? As a taxpayer in TN. this is not what I want from this legislative body. This isn’t friendly Nashville, TN. This kind of thing is going on all over the world due to religious differences- it produces hate, wars etc. This isn’t a Christian thing to do, it is the opposite!
  • Evans Donnell
    signed 2016-04-06 14:08:10 -0500
  • Evan Francis
    signed 2016-04-06 14:07:31 -0500
    You have got to be kidding me. Isn’t this a step back toward oppression of people who are different? If LGBT people can get MARRIED, why is health care so hard to grasp?
  • Deanka Grisham
    signed 2016-04-06 14:07:22 -0500
  • Cindy Hudson
    signed 2016-04-06 14:06:46 -0500
  • Tracey Bell
    signed 2016-04-06 14:06:38 -0500
  • Tammy Rucker
    signed 2016-04-06 14:06:34 -0500
  • Larry D Kitchen
    signed 2016-04-06 14:05:25 -0500
    This is one of the worst bills ever. You are leaving these people in their most vulnerable time to hang out and dry.
  • Monica Herrera
    signed 2016-04-06 14:05:07 -0500
  • Julie King
    signed 2016-04-06 14:03:39 -0500
  • Elizabeth Streight
    signed 2016-04-06 14:03:24 -0500
    I am strongly opposed to this bill, as it is uneccessary and potentially harmful! As someone who counsels teenagers, I often see how fragile a client’s sense of self may be. I believe in providing an ultra safe space for all of my clients. I am very fearful that some therapists could use this bill as justification to reject someone who may be at risk of suicide. In fact, it seems some therapists and legislators are willing to put a therapist’s needs above those of the client’s.
  • Anna Lowder
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-06 14:00:04 -0500
    Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill
  • ellen baez
    signed 2016-04-06 14:00:00 -0500
  • Anna Claire Lowder
    signed 2016-04-06 13:58:51 -0500
  • Lynn Nelson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-06 13:55:21 -0500
    Sign the petition: VETO Hate Bill 1840, the Counseling Discrimination bill
  • Amanda Robinson
    signed 2016-04-06 13:54:57 -0500
  • Lynn Nelson
    signed 2016-04-06 13:54:42 -0500
  • Frances M Bledsoe
    signed 2016-04-06 13:53:42 -0500
    I think this bill makes a mockery of religion, hurts everyone, and makes Tennessee look like we are a terrible place to live.
  • James Carlson
    signed 2016-04-06 13:51:23 -0500
  • Patricia Paronett
    signed 2016-04-06 13:51:00 -0500
    Patricia J Paronett
  • Hans Gildemacher
    signed 2016-04-06 13:49:45 -0500

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