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LGBT community braces for impact of new counseling law

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Questions loom about what Tennessee's new counseling law means for people seeking help. Does it discriminate against gay, lesbian and transgender people or protect professionals with deeply-held beliefs?

The new law allows counselors to refuse to treat people based on religious reasons or personal principles as long as they refer them to someone else.

Opponents say the outcome could be messy and tragic for patients who have established trust with their counselors and then end up feeling rejected.

Others, however, question whether the government can force professionals to counsel people when it conflicts with their deepest moral principles and whether that would be in a patient's best interest.

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