(Sacramento, Ca) Assemblyman Evan Low (D- Cupertino) has sponsored a bill that declares books and conferences dealing with biblical views on homosexuality or transgenderism as fraudulent under the state’s consumer fraud statute, which means churches could not teach their religions teachings in these areas. Ultimately, this could penalize those who encourage and promote biblical views of marriage and sex.
Assemblyman Low, who has shared that he himself is gay, has quoted on his personal website, “There is nothing wrong with who I am or who any of my brothers and sisters are in the LGBT community. It’s time to treat everyone with the human dignity that we all deserve, while celebrating our identities.”
Existing law prohibits mental health providers, as defined, from performing sexual orientation change efforts, as specified, with a patient under 18 years of age. Existing law requires a violation of this provision to be considered unprofessional conduct and subjects the provider to discipline by the provider’s licensing entity.
According the California Family Council, AB2943 is an assault on the Bible.
The courts, including those in California, have recognized the practice of sexual orientation change efforts as a commercial service. Therefore, claims that sexual orientation change efforts are effective in changing an individual’s sexual orientation, may constitute unlawful, unfair, or fraudulent business practices under state consumer protection laws. This bill intends that sexual orientation change efforts are unlawful even if the individual seeking these services is personally choosing them according to their own religious beliefs.
According to the suggested language, “California has a compelling interest in protecting consumers from false and deceptive practices that claim to change sexual orientation and in protecting consumers against exposure to serious harm caused by sexual orientation change efforts.”
However, take a moment to google “conversion therapy” and a myriad of websites and testimonials pop up with people explaining their success with these programs.
One story reads, “When I started therapy my homosexual activity was almost a daily thing. I lied to my wife all the time, I was always out screwing around with many different people…Today I have zero interest in gay stuff. But I realize that after years of a habit pattern, I still have to be vigilant. I’m learning to recognize the things that could still lead me back down into the graveyard of that thought process, and I try to prevent that from happening and I have learned how to minimize that.”
With the amended legislation, stories like these would be censored in the state of California.
Meanwhile, many Christians are voicing their anger on social media.
“Ridiculous. Next they will ban books about conversion. An adult should make their own decision if they want that kind of therapy, not the state,” one Facebook commentor said after seeing the story.
AB 2943 is currently in the California Senate and has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee as of May 3, 2018.