AB 2943 is Dead for This Legislative Session!!!!!!!!!!

AB 2943 Announcement from Capitol Resource

August 31st is the last day of the legislative session in California, and Assemblyman Low just announced that he has pulled AB 2943.

Read:California legislator shelves bill to ban paid ‘gay conversion therapy’ for adults

This means that he will not bring this to a vote on the Floor today, which was the last opportunity for bills to be voted on this legislative cycle. So this bill will not and cannot go to the Governor to be signed into law this year. If a bill is not voted on by midnight tonight, it is dead.

We want to thank Assemblyman Low for considering the repercussions of this bill and making the decision to pull it. We believe that we can have disagreements on policy and even life decisions, yet do so in a respectful manner, and that is what we have aimed to do throughout this process.

We would also like to thank all of the citizens who have taken time to write, call, and visit your legislators. Your action made an impact. Thank you for the trips you’ve made to the capitol, for the work you’ve done to educate your friends, family, and fellow church members. We strive to keep you up-to-date on issues that will affect your religious freedom, parental rights, free speech, etc., and in turn, we are grateful when you take the time to voice your opinion to stand for your rights and the rights of others.

Under AB 2943 all types of counseling, including talk therapy, group sessions, and even journaling, would have been outlawed if it helps a person address unwanted same-sex attractions or gender identity questions.

Conferences and retreats, such as a marriage conference or church men’s retreat, that help individuals or couples with these issues would have been subject to the law. A variety of services offered by a religious school or college could have also trigger the law, including counseling services, classes, and even school policies that require students to change their sexual behavior as a condition of enrolling in the school.

We opposed AB 2943 because it attacks conscience rights on two fronts: adults seeking to resolve unwanted feelings of sexuality and gender, and counselors, experts, authors and even religious leaders trying to help.

We are grateful that this bill which threatened religious liberty and free speech has been pulled. It is our commitment to you that we will remain vigilant, keeping you up-to-date on important legislation affecting you, your family, your faith, and your community. 

Lobby and Latte Report from June 22nd Visit to Senator Beall’s office

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Lobbying at Senator Beall's Campbell Office
Lobbying at Senator Beall’s Campbell Office

We are trilled that 27 SVARW members and friends showed up at 10:00 AM prepared to walk into Senator Beall’s district office in Campbell.  We gathered outside the building, introduced ourselves and paused for a moment of prayer.

We entered the office and filled the available standing space probably startling an intern and a representative that were quietly working in their offices.  They quickly explained that Senator Beall was at a coffee somewhere else in San Jose and didn’t have time in his schedule to see us….this was not a surprise.

We continued to press in presenting the file of information printed out from The Capitol Resource website to the representative for Beall to read.   It was clear that we were not about to turnaround and walk out and continued to inquire on how we could ensure that Senator Beall got our message.  The representative produced a tablet where we could sign our names in opposition to AB 2943.

Coffee after Lobbying!!!
Coffee after Lobbying!!!

Finally determining that we were not about to leave without having our concerns voiced, the representative pulled the chief of staff out of her office to speak with us.  We were respectful, but everyone who had something to say had an opportunity.  The chief of staff assured us that Senator Beall would read what we had handed over and the representative promised to forward information about the status of the bill.  Later in the day she did send an email which is posted below.

Those that had time, met down the block at Peet’s coffee in the Pruneyard and really had a great time exchanging ideas!!  We should definitely consider this local lobby effort again…the liberals in Sacramento churn out so much garbage legislation that we will have many opportunities.

Here is the email from Beall’s representative:

Hi Jan,

Thank you for coming in today –

AB 2943 has been moved by the author, so no need for the group to go up to Sacramento as it won’t be voted on Monday. We do not know when until further notice by the author, and I was told it could be until after summer recess, which would be after August 6th. Please contact Assemblymember Low’s office for further updates at (916) 319-2028. I will work with his staff to get more information for you and be in touch.

Have a great weekend.

Best,

Yvonne Chao

District Representative

Senator Jim Beall—SD 15

2105 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 154

Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 558-1295

 

 

 

Campbell District Office

2105 S. Bascom Avenue Suite 154
Campbell, CA  95008
Phone: (408) 558-1295

More about AB 2943

Banned from Amazon: You Don’t Have to Be Gay: Hope and Freedom for Males Struggling with Homosexuality, Jeff Konrad

 Leviticus 18:22 “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”  This verse along with several others like it could outlaw sale of the Bible, Torah, or Quran in California.

 AB2943, authored by local Assemblyman Evan Low, is wending its way through the state legislature right now. This bill, titled “Unlawful business practices: sexual orientation change efforts”, would outlaw the sale of resources, conferences, or paid counseling for anyone with unwanted same-sex desires or gender identity confusion. AB2943 has already passed the Assembly 50-18, and will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

This is clearly censorship. It would be illegal for Amazon to sell books aimed at helping those with same-sex struggles. Proponents of the bill claim outlawing the sale of the Bible is a far stretch, but the debate is raging.

In 2012, SB1172 outlawed healthcare professional from counseling minors on sexual orientation. This latest bill would outlaw sought-after sexual orientation counseling, and even books or media on the subject, for anyone of any age. If you agree this is a step too far, here are actions you can take:

Call to Action:

  1. Contact your State Senator

Call, write, email or, better yet, show up at their district office – you can find them here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Join us for Lobby and Latte on Friday June 22nd at 10:00 AM at Senator Jim Beall’s office

Campbell District Office

2105 S. Bascom Avenue Suite 154
Campbell, CA  95008
Phone: (408) 558-1295