AB 2943 Gay conversion therapy bill dropped by California lawmaker

Unexpected Drop of California’s Conversion Therapy Bill

Photo of State Assemblyman Evan Low (D-28th District, Cupertino) author of AB 2943 in Assembly;

CA Assemblyman Evan Low, The author of a California bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraudulent business practice has abandoned his effort for this year after a fierce outcry from the state’s religious community and unexpected dialogue and collaboration.

California Christians are calling it an answer to prayer,

Assembly Bill 2943 would have made it illegal to sell any service intended to change an individual’s sexuality or gender identity. The measure had already passed with large majorities in both the Assembly and Senate, with overwhelming support from Democrats, and was one vote away from the governor’s desk.

But Assemblyman Evan Low said Friday that, after meeting this summer with faith leaders, he would instead try again next year with a new version of the proposal they could feel more comfortable with.

Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council, a Christian organization that mobilized against the bill, said in a statement, “We are inexpressibly grateful to Assemblymember Low for meeting personally with faith leaders over the last several months and sincerely listening to our concerns.”

“AB 2943 would have tragically limited our ability to offer compassionate support related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and even to preach Jesus’ message of unconditional love and life transformation,” he said.

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Pam
Pam
2 years ago

I don’t believe in Gay conversion therapy but if people are willing to try it w/o duress, so what. What I believe is God made you that way for a reason and what is the best way to deal with it?

We should all have choices in life that will make us happy and fulfilled.