California Family Council urges “No” vote by State Assembly on AB 2943



By Staff

Contact your legislator to stop AB 2943.

(Editor’s Note:  California State Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin is a supporter of AB 2943 and voted for the bill during the first Assembly vote on April 19th.)

SACRAMENTO—The California Family Council is urging the California State Assembly to vote “no” on AB 2943 this week on the radical bill from Assemblyman Evan Low and the LGBT Legislative Caucus that bans counseling resources for those with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion or face getting sued.

The bill now waits for a final vote in the California State Assembly—due to revisions—after being approved by the California State Senate by a 25-11 vote on Aug. 16 after a heated debate in which State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach, 33rd District and a member of the LGBT State Caucus) claimed that beliefs about “conversion” lead to children being tortured and murdered (watch statementread story).

Since AB 2943 was changed slightly in the California State Senate, the full Assembly must approve those amendments and the bill must be approved by the California Assembly prior to the Aug. 31 deadline for legislation. 

“It is wholly unacceptable for an elected official like Senator Lara to attack therapists, pastors and Bible-believing Christians for simply disagreeing with his views on sexuality,” said California Family Council President Jonathan Keller.   “To claim the religious views held by millions of California perpetuated the torture and murder of innocent children is a ghastly lie that should not be tolerated from any person claiming to represent California voters.

“The State of California has no right to shut down counselors, schools, and religious organizations who provide resources and services.  Every person experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria must be allowed to pursue help in in achieving their desired goals and outcomes.

“Let’s flood the offices of the Governor and these Assembly members so they know how much we value our freedom to follow our faith.  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

AB 2943 was approved by the Assembly on Thursday, April 19th 50-18, with 10 legislators not voting. Here is how members voted:

Voting yes: Aguiar-Curry, Arambula, Baker, Berman, Bloom, Bonta, Burke, Caballero, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Daly, Eggman, Frazier, Friedman, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Gloria, Gonzalez Fletcher, Grayson, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove, Levine, Limón, Low, Maienschein, McCarty, Medina, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, O’Donnell, Quirk-Silva, Reyes, Rodriguez, Rubio, Salas, Santiago, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Weber, Wood, Rendon

(Editor’s Note:  Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin voted yes on the first vote on AB 2943 held on April 19th of this year.)

Voting No: Travis Allen, Bigelow, Brough, Chávez, Chen, Choi, Dahle, Fong, Gallagher, Harper, Kiley, Lackey, Mathis, Mayes, Obernolte, Patterson, Steinorth, Waldron

No Votes Recorded: Acosta, Calderon, Cunningham, Flora, Cristina Garcia, Gray, Melendez, Mullin, Quirk, Voepel

Rev. Sammy Rodriquez, leader of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, calls AB 2943 the “most egregious, tone-deaf, and discriminatory example of anti-religious legislation that I have witnessed.”  He went on to warn  that the bill gives the state “terrifying power to target and punish all those who hold a traditional, biblical view of marriage and sexuality.”

The bill will label all fee-based attempts to change sexual orientation as consumer fraud, and anyone offering these services will be subject to a civil lawsuit.  All paid counseling, whether licensed or not, and fee-based resources (books, video, conference tickets, college courses) will be affected.

AB 2943 was protested by over 350 faith community members who went up to Sacramento on June 12 to voice their opposition and to present testimonies at a “Once Gay” rally (hosted by Bethel’s Equipped to Love ministry from Redding) outside the Capitol of the power of Jesus “to transform lives.” Meanwhile legislators were hearing opposite testimony inside the Capitol that gays are “born” with that orientation and “cannot change.”

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