A controversial bill in California that would outlaw counseling for people with unwanted same-sex attractions is expected to be signed into law very soon.
The language in Assembly Bill 2943 about outlawing "sexual orientation change efforts" has predictably alarmed many people. The legislation – which was scheduled for debate in the California Senate in early July but was delayed by the author – now awaits passage in the Senate, where attorney Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute thinks the bill will be voted on and approved.
"Then it will be sent back to the State Assembly where it will probably be voted on and approved; and then Governor Jerry Brown will probably sign it into law," the attorney says. "[When that happens], we ... stand ready to challenge it as unconstitutional in federal court."
According to Dacus, there are no meaningful amendments that correct the underlying problem with the legislation.
"It's trying to ban any counseling, even for adults, who are struggling with same-sex attraction or gender identity," he explains. "This makes it illegal for them to get any counseling from either a licensed counselor or an unlicensed counselor [and] it even bans conferences by ex-gays, ex-transgenders or church retreats addressing these issues where people have to pay a fee for food and lodging."
The PJI president says people in California shouldn't hesitate to contact their state lawmakers and make their opposition very clear. "If they don't know who to call or how to get a hold of them, they can easily go to our website to get that information," he shares.
Jonathan Keller with California Family Council has also shared concerns with OneNewsNow about AB293 (here), as have Ken Williams and Elizabeth Woning of Equipped to Love, a ministry to those impacted by homosexuality (here).