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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 6, 2016) – The following statement regarding House Bill 1840 can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:

“We applaud the 68 members of the Tennessee House of Representatives for their vote to restore to licensed professional counselors in Tennessee the right to make referrals where they cannot in good conscience affirm a particular counseling goal or objective that a prospective client might have.

“The bill respects religious liberty and prevents the American Counseling Association from using Tennessee’s laws to promote government-compelled speech, contrary to the First Amendment.

“Government should never force any person to speak words to anyone that is contrary to their conscience. Thankfully, 68 Tennessee Representative still value that fundamental constitutional right.”

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.