ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH &
UPDATE (As of July 6, 2018):
On Monday, the Senate Appropriations Committee waived their right to a hearing, robbing us of a final chance to testify against the bill. This week, we expected Assemblyman Low to jam the bill through in the final floor session.
But in a surprising development, legislators adjourned for the month WITHOUT VOTING on AB 2943!
This is an encouraging development. Because both the Senate and the Assembly are now on Summer Recess so the earliest the bill could be reconsidered for a vote is Monday, August 6th.
We now have one month to persuade our Senators and Assembly Members to vote no on AB 2943 when they return from their break. (Because this bill has been amended, it now needs to be heard again in the Assembly as well.)
Below is a list of Senators and Assembly Members. (If your legislator is not listed, go to “find my legislator” at the bottom of this page.)
Call or email your local state Senator and Assembly Member and ask them to VOTE NO on AB 2943.
WHAT THIS BILL DOES
California AB 2943, in spite of recent amendments, makes it unlawful for any person to sell books, counseling services, or anything else that helps someone overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion. As a result, it could be a violation if a pastor encourages a congregate to visit the church book store to purchase books that help people address sexual issues.
AB 2943 outlaws freedom of speech. It could be a minister or religious leader, licensed counselor, or best-selling author—if there is a speaking fee, a counselor’s payment, or a conference attendance fee—it censors addressing someone who has unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion.
Under AB 2943:
- A religious ministry could not hold a conference on maintaining sexual purity if the conference encourages attendees to avoid homosexual behavior.
- A bookstore (including online bookstores like Amazon) could not sell many recently published books challenging gender identity ideology and advocating that these beliefs should be rejected by society.
- A pastor paid to speak at an event addressing current social topics could not encourage attendees that they can prevail over same-sex desires or feelings that they were born the wrong sex.
Faith-based religions would be labeled fraudulent and having deceptive practices subjecting them to lawsuits, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.
This bill is not only unconstitutional under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, but AB 2943 violates the First Amendment right to speak and the right to hear and receive it.
Read entire bill here.
EMAIL (CLICK HERE) your California Senator and ask them to OPPOSE AB 2943.
EMAIL (CLICK HERE) your California Assembly Member and ask them to OPPOSE AB 2943.
CALL your California Senator & Assembly Member and ask them to OPPOSE AB 2943 (see local legislators below):
Senator Connie Leyva
11760 Central Avenue, Suite 100, Chino, CA 91710
Phone: (909) 591-7016 - Serving all or portions of Bloomington, Chino, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona, Rialto, and San Bernardino
Senator Mike Morrell
10350 Commerce Center Drive, Suite A-220, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Phone: (909) 919-7731 - Serving all or portions of Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Calimesa, Cedar Glen, Cherry Valley, Crestline, Hemet, Highland, Homeland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Menifee, Mentone, Nuevo, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, San Bernardino, San Jacinto, Yucaipa, and Wrightwood.
Senator Anthony Portantino
116 E. Broadway, Ste. 204, Glendale, CA 91205
Phone (818) 409-0400 - Serving all or portions of Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, La Verne, Los Angeles, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Antonio Heights, San Dimas, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga and Upland.
Senator Richard Roth
3737 Main Street, Suite, 104, Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 680-6750 - Serving all or portions of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris, and Riverside.
Senator Ling Ling Chang
1800 E. Lambert Road, Suite 150, Brea, CA 92821
Phone: (714) 671-9474 - Serving all our portions of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Chino Hills, Cypress, Diamond Bar, Fullerton, Industry, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia, Rowland Heights, Stanton, Walnut, West Covina, and Yorba Linda.
Assemblymember Phillip Chen
3 Pointe Drive, Suite #313, Brea, CA 92821 - Phone (714) 529-5502 - Representing all or portions of Brea, Chino Hills, Covina, Diamond Bar, Industry, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, Rowland Heights, Walnut, West Covina, Yorba Linda
Assemblymember Blanca Rubio
100 North Barranca St., Ste. 895, West Covina, CA 91791
Phone (626) 960-4457 - Representing all or portions of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, City of Industry, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, Monrovia, West Covina, Bassett, Charter Oak, Citrus, East Arcadia, Ramona, Royal Oaks, Valinda.
Assemblymember Chris Holden
415 W. Foothill Blvd, Suite 124, Claremont, CA 91711
Phone (909) 624-7876 - Representing all or portions of Altadena, Claremont, La Verne, Monrovia, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena, Upland.
Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva
6281 Beach Blvd., Suite 304, Buena Park, CA 90621
Phone (714) 521-6505 - Representing all or portions of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, Stanton.
Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes
4740 Green River Rd., Suite 311, Corona, CA 92880
Phone (951) 371-6860 - Representing all or portions of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, Riverside.
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