Below you will find reference materials that will help your opposition efforts against three bills supported or introduced in 2018 by the California LGBT Caucus: AB 2943, AB 1779 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.”

Talking points:

Main point: People should have the freedom to pursue what brings true happiness and joy.

For Churches and People of Faith: 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.

For Counselors: Many people find joy in living consistent with their beliefs regarding sexuality and gender.

Other important 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.

Reference material opposing AB 2943

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. Here is how members voted:

Ayes: 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

Noes: 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 now goes to the Senate. 

It will be assigned to a Senate Committee within the next several weeks.


CAll and Write your member of the Senate and tell them to vote no on AB 2943. 

Churches and other organizations should fax signed letters of opposition on letterhead to their member of the Senate. Here is suggested letter language.
Find Your Representative Here  (Legislators’ fax numbers are listed on their websites.)

Individuals can sent letters to their Senators using our automated Action Center at

Tell Your Senator:

  • AB 2943 prevents adults from setting their own therapy goals.
  • AB 2943 violates the First Amendment by banning books and church events to help people live according to their faith.
  • AB 2943 uses threats of lawsuits and punitive damages under the consumer protection act to punish people for speaking about views the government doesn’t like.

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

AB 2119 (text) mandates gender affirming health care and counseling be made available to all foster care children. The bill also prohibits any individual from “subjecting a foster child or non-minor dependent to any treatment, intervention, or conduct that seeks to change the foster child’s or non-minor dependent’s gender identity.”

“Gender Affirming Health Care” includes puberty blocking drugs, which must be made available to kids that believe they are trapped in the wrong body. This also means surgeries must be made available to remove and add part body parts so those body parts align with a child’s perceived gender identity. “Gender affirming behavioral health services” means counseling for kids with gender confusion must be offered, but it can only encourage children to accept the gender they feel they are, not the gender they physically are.

Reference material opposing AB 2119

AB 2119 Status

AB 2119 was approved 5 -1 by the Assembly Human Services Committee on April 10. Assembly member Steven S. Choi (R) voted no. Assembly member Brian Maienschein didn’t vote. Assembly members Blanca E. Rubio (D), Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D), Eloise Gómez Reyes (D), Mark Stone (D), and Tony Thurmond (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 entire hearing below.

AB 2119 now must be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. A hearing date has not been set yet.


Everyone should call the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee found here and tell them to “vote no” on AB 2119.

Taking points:

  • Transgender belief in childhood disappears most of the time after puberty.
  • 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.

AB 1779 Sexual Orientation Counseling Outlawed for Some Adults (Bill is Dead)

AB 1779 (text) would have outlawed licensed counselors from providing counseling to change unwanted sexual desires for adults who are under a conservatorship or guardianship. Currently, this type of counseling is already illegal for those under 18. It is considered harmful and abusive to help someone change their sexual desires. This is part of a nationwide move to outlaw this type of counseling. If we don’t stop this now, the government will eventually seek to stop anyone, even within the church, from giving counseling that helps someone change their sexual feelings or sexual orientation.

Reference material opposing AB 1779

AB 1779 Status

This bill was assigned to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. But AB 1779 was pulled from the committee Friday, April 20th. According the author’s office, the bill is dead for the year and will not come back.

Thank you for all your efforts to oppose this bill. Thousands of email, letters and phone calls were made to legislators and to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee to oppose this bill.

Talking points:

  • AB 1779 prevents people from getting help with unwanted same-sex desires that are caused by sexual abuse.
  • Those living under a conservatorship or a guardianship many times are disabled, a population that is twice as likely to be sexually abused. The government should be helping these individuals, not preventing them from getting needed counseling for their abused-induced sexual confusion.