Contact your legislator to stop AB 2943.

BREAKING NEWS: AB 2943 Vote Delayed for a Month

AB 2943 was eligible to be heard on the Senate floor July 5, before the start of the Summer Recess, but bill author Assemblyman Evan Low decided to delay the vote.  

Now opponents have a month to persuade their Senators and Assembly members to vote no on AB 2943, when they return from their break on August 6. 

Call your California Senators and Assembly members all next week and tell them to vote no on AB 2943.

Find your CA State Representative here. 


More Resources

Below you will find reference materials that will help your opposition efforts against two bills supported or introduced in 2018 by the California LGBT Caucus: AB 2943 and AB 2119.

AB 2943: Bill that Outlaws Helping Anyone with Unwanted Same-Sex Desires or Gender Confusion

AB 2943 (bill text) declares “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” as illegal under state’s consumer fraud law. Sexual orientation change efforts is defined as “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.”

Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Matt Sharp explain the implications: “California AB 2943 makes it unlawful for any person to sell books, counseling services, or anything else that helps someone overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion. As a result, it could be a violation if a pastor encourages a congregant to visit the church book store to purchase books that help people address sexual issues, perhaps including the Bible itself, which teaches about the importance of sexual purity within the confines of marriage between a man and woman.”

Reference material opposing AB 2943

Leaders and organizations explaining their opposition to AB 2943

Other reference material related to AB 2943 

Equipped to Love founders Ken Williams and Elizabeth Woning testified against AB 2943: See their reaction; hear their insight below:

Church United: Eight Californian residents declared a fraud? AB 2943 says they are. View the video below to hear former homosexuals, former lesbians, and those who deal with same sex attraction share their stories of hope in this condensed video of their life experiences.

AB 2943 status

AB 2943 was approved 8-2 by the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee on April 3. Assembly members Kevin Kiley (R) and Jay Obernolte (R) voted no. Assembly members Catherine Baker (R), Marc Berman (D), Ian Calderon (D), Ed Chau (D), Jacqui Irwin (D), Kevin Mullin (D), Eloise Gómez Reyes (D), and Philip Y. Ting (D) voted yes. You will find phone numbers the offices of these members below. Please call their offices and let them know what you think about how they voted.

Watch the hearing below.

AB 2943 was approved 8-1 by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on April 10th.
Assembly member Kevin Kiley (R) voted no. Assembly member Jordan Cunningham (R) didn’t vote.  Assembly members Ed Chau (D), David Chiu (D), Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D), Chris Holden (D), Ash Kalra (D), Brian Maienschein (R), Eloise Gómez Reyes (D), and Mark Stone (D) voted yes. Please call their offices and let them know what you think about how they voted.

Watch the excerpts from the hearing below. (Pay special attention to how concerned Democrat Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher is regarding the bill’s effect on religious liberty at the 6:00 min mark.)


Watch entire 37 minute hearing.

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

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

Watch the Floor Debate on AB 2943 below.

 

AB 2943 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 12, with a vote of 5 -2. Here is how Judiciary committee members voted members voted:

Voting yes: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair), Senator Robert M. Hertzberg, Senator Bill Monning, Senator Henry Stern, Senator Bob Wieckowski

Voting no:  Senator John M. W. Moorlach (Vice Chair), and Senator Joel Anderson

Watch the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing below.

AB 2943 is now ready to be voted on my the full Senate.

But because legislators are now on recess, the bill will not be voted on after they return on August 6. If the AB 2943 passes the Senate, Assembly members will also have to vote on the bill again to approve Senate amendments.

CALL TO ACTION:

  • Call, visit, and write your member of the Senate and Assembly.

    • Find Your Representative Here  
    • Visit your Senator and Assembly member’s district offices in your community. Follow this Step-by-Step Guide on how to participate. (print out resources included)
    • Churches and other organizations should fax signed letters of opposition on letterhead to their member of the Senate. Here is suggested letter language. (Legislators’ fax numbers are listed on their websites.)
    • Individuals can sent letters to their Senators using our automated Action Center at stop2943.com.

Tell Your Senator:

  • People should have the freedom to pursue what brings true happiness and joy.
  • At the heart of many religions is the idea that people can change and find true joy in embracing and living out their faith. Government should protect the right of individuals to practice their faith.
  • Many people find joy in living consistent with their beliefs regarding sexuality and gender.

Other great points:

  • People looking for change should be free to find services and resources from counselors, schools, and religious organizations to help them achieve their desired goals.
  • Politicians have no business telling people that their counseling goals are illegal.
  • By applying to any “transaction,” AB 2943 would prevent a counselor from helping an adult client explore all options to address questions over sexual orientation, an author from selling a book challenging gender identity ideology, and even a church from hosting a ticketed conference addressing issues of sexuality and identity.
  • It uses threats of lawsuits and punitive damages under the consumer protection act to punish speaking of views the government doesn’t like.
  • Politicians have no business denying people the freedom to find counseling and resources to help them find happiness or to shut down counselors, schools, and religious organization that provide those services.
  • Thirty years of research have failed to find a genetic or biological cause for the development of same-sex attractions. There’s no conclusive evidence – no DNA testing, no medical test finding – that science can point to proving someone is homosexual.
  • Faith traditions all agree: a person’s identity isn’t about sexual desires, but about the values a person chooses.

AB 2119 Forces Puberty Blocking Drugs/Sex Change Operations on Foster Kids

AB 2119 (text) guarantees foster kids with gender dysphoria have access to treatment that includes dangerous puberty blocking drugs, cross sex hormones, sex change operations, and counseling that affirms their gender confusion. The bill labels this “gender affirming care.” If this bill passes, the “county child welfare agency” must provide this treatment to any minor, no matter what the age, if it is requested by the child, “or his or her caregiver, attorney, Court Appointed Special Advocate, or social worker.”

Reference material opposing AB 2119

AB 2119 Status

AB 2119 was approved 5 -1 by the Assembly Human Services Committee on April 10.
Here is how members voted: 

Voting Yes: Assembly members Blanca E. Rubio (D), Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D), Eloise Gómez Reyes (D), Mark Stone (D), and Tony Thurmond (D).

Voting no: Assembly member Steven S. Choi (R)

Not voting:  Assembly member Brian Maienschein.
Watch entire hearing below.

AB 2119 was approved 11-5 on May 9th, by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Here is how the members voted: 

Voting Yes: Assembly members Richard Bloom (D), Rob Bonta (D), Ian Calderon (D), Wendy Carrillo (D), Ed Chau (D), Laura Friedman (D), Eduardo Garcia (D), Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D), Adrin Nazarian (D), Bill Quirk (D), Eloise Gomez Reyes (D).

Voting No: Assembly members Frank Bigelow (R), Bill Brough (R), Deborah Flora (R), Vince Fong (R), and James Gallagher (R).

Not voting: Assemblywoman Susan Eggman (D).

AB 2119 was approved by the Assembly on Monday, May 22nd 46-22 with 10 legislators not voting. Here is how members voted:

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

Voting No: Acosta, Travis Allen, Bigelow, Brough, Chávez, Chen, Choi, Cunningham, Dahle, Flora, Fong, Gallagher, Harper, Kiley, Lackey, Mathis, Melendez, Obernolte, Patterson, Steinorth, Voepel, Waldron

No Votes Recorded: Cooley, Eggman, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gray, Grayson, Maienschein, Mayes, Quirk-Silva, Salas

AB 2119 was approved by the Senate Human Services Committee 5-0, with two not voting, on June 12, 2018. Here is how the members voted: 

Voting yes: Senator Scott D. Wiener (Chair), Senator Steven M. Glazer, Senator Connie M. Leyva, Senator Mike McGuire, and Senator Anthony J. Portantino.

Not voting but present: Senator Janet Nguyen.

Absent: Senator Tom Berryhill (Vice Chair)
Watch the entire hearing below:

AB 2119 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with a vote of 5 to 2 on June 26, 2018. 

Here is how the members voted:

Voting Yes: Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson, Senator Robert Hertzberg, Senator Bill Monning, Senator Henry Stern, and Senator Bob Wieckowski

Voting No: Senator Joel Anderson and Senator John Moorlach

Watch the entire hearing below:

AB 2119 has now been sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee : The hearing date is set for August 6. 

CALL TO ACTION:

Call and Write the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee

Be sure to call and write your own State Senator if they aren’t on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and tell them to vote no on AB 2119. Churches and other organizations should fax signed letters of opposition on letterhead to their member of the Senate.

Important points to make:

  • Transgender belief in childhood disappears most of the time by the end of adolescence.
  • The short and long-term risks of transitioning to the opposite sex are sobering.
  • There is a lack of proven safety or benefit for minors to have transgender surgery or drug treatment. It’s not pro-science—it’s no science.
  • Regret and de-transitioning are not rare, but what’s gone is gone.
  • A child or teen has a developing brain; adult decisions are beyond them.
  • People of faith are often those who keep troubled foster systems afloat, but this bill will drive them out of foster parenting; a blow the system doesn’t need.