As representatives of
denominations comprised of Bible believing ministers of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ or as pastors of such churches, we affirm every human being bears the
image of God and is therefore worthy of respect and compassion. We also affirm
our belief that every human being can look to that same Gospel of Jesus Christ
as the solution to every challenge facing mankind.
Therefore, we oppose LD 912 on the basis it
prohibits a minor from seeking counsel regarding unwanted same-sex attractions
or gender confusion in accordance with that minor's worldview and/or values.
LD 912 is particularly troubling based on its
violation of parental rights, clients’ rights, and separation of church and
state; therefore, we support the proposed amendment that recognizes practices
that should be prohibited while simultaneously respecting the rights of parents
and clients seeking counsel in accordance with their faith.