Action Alert: With a shameful 25-11 vote, CA Senators
just attacked counselors, pastors, and people of faith as frauds
California Senators Approved AB 2943 Thursday morning August 16th after a robust debate
The bill now heads to the Assembly floor for a vote as soon as Monday, August 20, 2018
AB 2943 is the radical bill from Assemblymember Evan Low and the LGBT Legislative Caucus. With the vote on Thursday, August 16, elected leaders told churches and those with biblical beliefs about gender and sexual orientation that advocating for their views could get them sued.
At its core, AB 2943 outlaws speech, whether offered by a licensed counselor, a best-selling author, or even a minister or religious leader. It targets a specific message—that an adult who is experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion can find help to address those issues—for censorship. The breadth of this censorship is staggering. Under AB 2943:
• A licensed counselor could not help a married mother of three who is experiencing unwanted attraction to a close female friend or confusion over her gender identity overcome those feelings;
• A religious ministry could not hold a conference on maintaining sexual purity if the conference encourages attendees to avoid homosexual behavior;
• A bookstore (including online bookstores like Amazon) could not sell many recently published books challenging gender identity ideology and advocating that these beliefs should be rejected by society; and
• A pastor paid to speak at an event addressing current social topics could not encourage attendees that they can prevail over same-sex desires or feelings that they were born the wrong sex.
In these scenarios, there is a transaction (the counselor’s payment; the conference attendance fees; the cost of the book; and the pastor’s speaking fee) that triggers AB 2943. And under the bill, a person or organization who is paid by a consumer for goods or services cannot engage in any practice—including pure speech—that tells someone that they can overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion.
TAKE ACTION NOW
Please Join thousands of liberty loving Californians by calling the politicians listed below.
Governor (Ask him to veto AB 2943)
Governor Edmund G. Brown (916) 445-2841
Assembly members (Ask them to vote no on AB 2943)
Catharine B. Baker Capitol Office (916) 319-2016, District Office (925) 328-1515
Brian Maienschein Capitol Office (916) 319-2077, District Office (858) 675-0077
Dr. Joaquin Arambula Capitol Office (916) 319-2031, District Office (559) 445-5532
Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher Capitol Office (916) 319-2080, District Office (619) 338-8090
Adam C. Gray Capitol Office (916) 319-2021, District Office (209) 726-5465
Ken Cooley Capitol Office (916) 319-2008, District Office (916) 464-1910
Sharon Quirk-Silva Capitol Office (916) 319-2065, District Office (714) 521-6505
Jim Cooper Capitol Office (916) 319-2009, District Office (916) 670-7888
Rudy Salas, Jr. Capitol Office (916) 319-2032, District Office (661) 335-0302
Jacqui Irwin Capitol Office (916) 319-2044, District Office (805) 482-1904
Eloise Gómez Reyes Capitol Office (916) 319-2047, District Office (909) 381-3238
Miguel Santiago Capitol Office (916) 319-2053, District Office (213) 620-4646
Tom Daly Capitol Office (916) 319-2069, District Office (714) 939-8469