Kim Wyman Cancels Attendance at Conference in Tennessee

On Wednesday, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam signed into law a bill allowing therapists and counselors to reject certain clients if the therapy goes against the practitioner’s “sincerely held principles”. It’s being widely interpreted as a loophole allowing therapists to reject gay, lesbian, transgender and other clients. We commend Secretary of State Kim Wyman for being the first major official in our state to draw attention to this very important issue by canceling her attendance at a national conference in Tennessee.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman issued the following statement;
"Those of you who know me, know I do not publicly share my views on issues which could become ballot measures, as I oversee elections. Prior to today I was considering not attending a national conference scheduled in Nashville, TN in July, right before our state's primary in August. With the bill signing today for the Tennessee law allowing mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist's religious or personal beliefs, I have decided not to attend. My core principles do not support denying mental health care services to those who need them when they are most vulnerable."

Thank you Kim for taking a stand publicly, raising the issue and holding true to your principles!

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