Debate on conversion-therapy ban postponed amid growing public outcry

Bill had been scheduled for consideration in California Senate last Thursday

California state capitol building on 10th Street and L Street in Sacramento, California, on March 23, 2010. (image- Wikimedia Commons:Steven Pavlov)

The California state Senate’s debate and vote on a controversial bill banning so-called conversion therapy has been delayed due to public outcry against the legislation, sources say.

Known as AB 2943, the bill passed in the state assembly earlier this year and seeks to declare therapy for individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions or who want to leave homosexuality a fraudulent practice. 

The bill was scheduled to come up for debate on the Senate floor last Thursday before the beginning of the summer recess but Evan Low, the Democrat Assemblyman who sponsored the legislation, opted to delay debate until the state legislators return in early August.

“This has been one of the most controversial bills that we’ve seen in California in the five years I’ve been at California Family Council,” said Jonathan Keller, the organization’s president, in an interview with OneNewsNow.

Keller attributes the delay to the immense pushback that lawmakers received from people across the state and nation.

“We’ve had national organizations — Focus on the Family, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Family Radio — tons of people all across the country that realize this is a blatant attack on the First Amendment, on free speech, on the free exercise of religion,” he said.

The bill states that “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” is against the law under the state’s consumer fraud statute and would mean that the bill would forbid the distribution resources, the selling of books, and offering counseling to someone looking for help with gender confusion and homosexuality, among other things.

Sources involved in the matter told The Christian Post on Wednesday that Low is now wanting to meet with representatives of churches whose pastors and lay leaders have objected to the bill in an effort to seek input for how it might be amended. Low’s staff reportedly met with one such church representative on Saturday. Yet the churches message was that no amendment can improve the bill and that it needs to fail.

Sources also noted that in light of the Supreme Court’s June ruling in favor of a network of crisis pregnancy centers in NIFLA v. Becerra — which held that the pro-life pregnancy centers were not required to advertise for abortion services as a California law said they must — they believe that AB 2943 would be defeated in court.

Full story at The Christian Post.

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  1. Kristin says:

    Therapy sessions are supposed to be “safe spaces”. Imagine a client with unwanted same-sex attraction being told by the therapist, “sorry, but by law I can’t discuss this with you” or “I can help you with everything but that”. Lots of tyrannical little politicians trying to force their opinions on others. Let disgraceful AB 2943 die a well deserved death.

  2. St. Christopher says:

    Yes, “Kristin,” this legislation is merely one of many being considered around the country that will impose an “I love Homosexuality” culture. Nothing. Not. A. Thing. can come before the god of sodomy. Not only must society endure the “legality” of this perversion of Natural Law, but everyone must like it.

    The poor same-sex-attracted person is to be forbidden from having available, a possible tool to help at least a practical escape from the such a sinful condition. Better (at least in CA) to kill pre-born life, that is a secular sacrament, rather than disturb the profane. What a sick State.

  3. A different lover is not a sin, believe capital H-I-M (hey hey hey), I love my life I love this record and,mi amore vole fe, yah.
    I’m beautiful in my way ’cause God makes no mistakes, I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way
    Don’t hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you’re set, I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way

    • Anonymous says:

      Trashy!!

    • God doesn’t make mistakes but our Fallen Nature due to Original Sin is full of privations not ordained by God.

    • Anonymous says:

      Love Lady G. Love God. Love your neighbor. Love yourself enough not to harm your soul by your desire for human love and affection.
      The interior life is more important than the exterior.
      Live to give good example to others.

  4. CalCatholic reader says:

    How in the world can speaking your mind or saying what you believe be in conflict with the first amendment? Somebody needs to take English 101 again.

    • Anonymous says:

      English 101 has nothing to do with the First Amendment. Maybe I lost something in translation.

      The question is whether laws against fraudulent therapies (which are sometimes “speech” therapies) violate the first amendment. It is widely regarded that the first amendment doesn’t protect ALL speech. It doesn’t protect speech that incites violence or rebellion, or that causes mahem (as in a crowded theater), or that states false things against your neighbor (slanderous or defamatory language).

  5. Jim xyz says:

    God doesn’t make mistakes but our Fallen Nature due to Original Sin is full of privations.

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