Understandably, CWA of California is opposed to AB 2943, which prohibits free speech, a serious First Amendment infringement, on matters pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Call your assembly member and ask him/her to oppose this dangerous bill. There is very little time. The floor vote could be as early as today! Click here to check its status.
AB 2943 will make it illegal for professionals or anyone accepting funds (including church counselors) to offer insights to individuals seeking counsel for unwanted attractions. This bill is intended to stifle any speech, even when solicited, that may be perceived as influential with regard to sexual orientation change efforts. In my official letter of opposition to the state legislators, as the State Director, I stated, “The cornerstone of a patient/therapist relationship has always been that the patient sets the goals of the therapy. The patient approaches the relationship with a desire to change something they have selected. If AB 2943 passes, the patient will no longer be able to go to a therapist and work through reaching a goal of being heterosexual. The state government is on shaky ground when they tell individuals that they cannot accomplish what they want to do.”
The bill’s language violates first amendment religious freedoms by targeting traditional/conservative ideologies. Fundamental Biblical principals would be considered fraudulent and illegal. The implications may extend beyond patient/therapist relationships and into pastoral counseling, book sales, events involving the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity and more. At the least, this will put Christian counselors out of business and block individuals from seeking desired help.
This piece of legislation goes far beyond the government’s role and completely outside the guarantees afforded our citizens by the Constitution.
Take Action: Please call today and urge your assembly member to oppose AB 2943. Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California. Click here to find out who your assembly member is and how to contact him/her.
Please pray for the assembly member’s eyes to be open to the severity of this bill. May their hearts be changed to vote “NO” on AB 2439.
“The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” – Psalm 9:9
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