Protect natural gender counseling: Oppose AB 2943

 

Oppose AB 2943 -- Let people choose their own counselor

Bill status: AB 2943 is scheduled for a June 25 hearing in the Democrat-dominated Senate Appropriations Committee. On June 12, this anti-freedom, anti-choice bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee (which has 5 Democrats and 2 Republicans) -- see the AP story. In April, the bill passed the California State Assembly (news story). Voting yes were 48 Democrats and 2 Republicans (Catharine Baker and Brian Maienschein).

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Authored by 8 homosexual-activist Democrats, AB 2943 would, for all practical purposes, prohibit California adults from choosing to obtain professional, expert counseling to help them overcome their unwanted homosexual desires or gender confusion.

AB 2943 would accomplish this by attempting to expel from California moral counselors who offer to help adults overcome unwanted "LGBT" feelings.

The bill's digest reads, "This bill would include, as an unlawful practice prohibited under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, advertising, offering for sale, or selling services constituting sexual orientation change efforts, as defined, to an individual."

In addition, AB 2943 would censor the religious speech of churches, para-church ministries, and pastors if they hold a conference or event or sell a book about overcoming same-sex desires.

The bill's text is very broad: "Sexual orientation change efforts” means any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

As Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) explains:

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.

AB 2943 comes six years after California's Democrat legislators passed a law forbidding parents from getting counseling for their molested children to help them overcome sexual confusion.

 
 
 
 
 
Call your own California state senator now. Leave a message telling them: "AB 2943 unfairly discriminates against gays and lesbians whose 'sexual orientation' is 'fluid' and who want a difference in their lives. Don't deny their right to choose self-improvement. Vote NO on AB 2943."

To find the name and numbers of your own California state senator:
 
First, look up his or her name by clicking here and entering your voter registration address (which will bring up the names of your state assemblymember and state senator).
 
Next, click here for phone numbers to your state senator (scroll through the list by last name). Please call both the local district office and the State Capitol office numbers.
 
2. Also call Governor Jerry Brown at 916-445-2841 Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. Leave this message: "Please veto AB 2943. This bill unfairly discriminates against gays and lesbians whose 'sexual orientation' is 'fluid' and who want a difference in their lives. Don't deny their right to choose self-improvement. Preserve people's basic freedom to choose. Veto AB 2943."

3. Pastors, please help your congregation put their faith into action, to love Jesus Christ, their neighbors, and our constitutional religious freedom
. Generate lots of voicemails to your state senator and to Governor Jerry Brown by taking just a few minutes in the Sunday service to ask everyone to bring out their cell phones right then and there to call to urge their state senator to oppose AB 2943. You can make the first call as an example. Put on the screen up front the what, why, who, and how. Advise people who get a busy signal to try again in the afternoon or evening and leave their voicemails.
 
Thanks for taking a few minutes to protest this unconstitutional, un-American bill.
 
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I stand for all those who feel that the government no longer understands 
the individual and no longer respects individual rights.