The Southern District Court of Florida has now issued the preliminary injunction at the order of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The ordinances enacted by the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County which prohibited the viewpoints of licensed counselors from providing counsel to minors are now officially blocked. These licensed therapists can now provide life-saving counseling to minors who desperately desire to conform their attractions, behaviors, and gender identities to their sincerely held religious beliefs.
In Otto, et al v. City of Boca Raton, FL et al., the Eleventh Circuit had previously ordered the lower court on July 29 to issue an injunction against the unconstitutional bans. However, federal district Judge Robin Rosenberg did not promptly comply with the order and allowed it to sit on the district court’s docket for more than two weeks.
Yesterday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ordered federal district Judge Robin Rosenberg to comply with this order from the appeals court and enter a preliminary injunction by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. The district court finally entered the preliminary injunction today.
The Eleventh Circuit denied a request from Palm Beach County and the City of Boca Raton for an en banc (by all the appellate judges) review of a decision by a three-judge panel that previously struck down laws in 2020 that ban counselors from providing and minor clients and their families from receiving any counsel to reduce or overcome unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or gender confusion.
Liberty Counsel represents Dr. Robert Otto, LMFT and Dr. Julie Hamilton, LMFT and their minor clients who challenged the constitutionality of ordinances enacted by the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County which prohibit minors from voluntary counseling from licensed professionals. These licensed therapists provide life-saving counseling to minors who desperately desire to conform their attractions, behaviors, and gender identities to their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Finally, after a stern judicial intervention from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ordering the issuance of the injunction, our licensed therapists are free of political censorship from government ideologues in their counseling rooms and their clients have the freedom to choose the counsel of their choice. Our counselors have waited years to help their clients, and now the injunction has been issued.”