Some groups have also targeted individual therapists with ethics complaints and possible lawsuits, giving great cause for concern—not only for the counseling profession, but for numerous ministries, churches and faith communities.
"I am glad that we are talking about 'homosexual people' because before all else comes the individual person, in his wholeness and dignity.
And people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies: let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love." - Pope Francis, Are you searching for the Love that surpasses all love?
Significantly, both groups seem to dismiss the fact that many individuals who experience same-sex attractions or engage in homosexual activity are dissatisfied with the situation and seek professional help to align their thoughts and behaviors with their convictions and faith.
Many who experience homosexual temptations and impulses are responding to the Gospel message that unwanted same-sex attractions can be overcome.
Their 2000 statement mentioned anecdotal evidence for harms, but there is a great deal of evidence that also shows that people have been helped by SOCE.
The American Psychological Association had passed a similar resolution in 1997.
In other words, clients could determine the direction and desired outcomes of their counseling process.
The resolution also called for psychologists to "respect the rights of others to hold values, attitudes and opinions that differ from their own." This would include religious beliefs upholding the biblical view that God's created intent for sexual expression is limited to a monogamous, covenantal marriage relationship between one man and one woman.
Both bills have been challenged and are currently being litigated in the courts.
Homosexual activist groups and their allies in over a dozen other states have unsuccessfully pushed similar legislation.
In 2007, the American Psychological Association set up a task force, composed exclusively of gay-identified activists and apologists, to study the issue.