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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

    • Church United: 8 Californian residents are 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 has Now been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

No hearing is scheduled yet, but we will let you know as soon as it is scheduled.

CALL TO ACTION:

  1. Email letters of opposition to the Senate Judiciary Committee:

    • Churches and other organizations should email signed letters of opposition on letterhead to the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee at sjud.fax@sen.ca.gov, or fax them to (916) 403-7394.
      • Address letters to: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair), Senate Judiciary Committee, State Capitol, Room 2187, Sacramento, CA 95814
    • Individuals should email opposition letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee at sjud.fax@sen.ca.gov.
      • Address email letters to: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair), Senate Judiciary Committee, State Capitol, Room 2187, Sacramento, CA 95814
    • Here is suggested letter language.
  2. Call and Write the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:

  3. Be sure to call and write your own State Senator if they aren’t on the Judiciary Committee, 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 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) mandates foster kids with gender dysphoria can only be treated with puberty blocking drugs, sex change operations, and counseling that affirms their gender confusion. The bill specifically 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.” So no counselor, parent, foster parent, or social worker can tell a confused little boy he is a boy, or a confused little girl she is a girl.

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 was approved 11-5 on May 9th, by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Assembly members Frank Bigelow (R), Bill Brough (R), Deborah Flora (R), Vince Fong (R), and James Gallagher (R) voted no. 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) voted yes. Assemblywoman Susan Eggman (D) didn’t vote.

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 has now been referred to the Senate Rules Committee. This committee will decide which Senate committees will hear this bill.

CALL TO ACTION:

Call your Senator and tell them to vote no on AB 2119.
Find Your Senator Here

Important points to make:

  • 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.