There are three upcoming bills concerning same-sex attraction and gender identity that are troubling to us. We encourage every believer in California to research for yourself and contact your State Senate and Assembly representatives regarding these bills.
If these bills pass, it would be illegal for anyone to sell resources that offer treatment or ministry in order to reduce or eliminate same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. This includes conferences, counseling, teaching, books, or publications, where money is exchanged for the resource. Also, children in foster care who expressed gender identity issues would be prohibited from receiving counseling or medical services that encouraged the child to embrace their biological gender. And, those who are asking for resources to assist with addressing unwanted sexual attractions or gender identities would be prohibited from accessing mental health providers, even if they themselves desire such resources.
Below, you will see information on the three bills; AB 1779, AB 2943, and AB 2119. We encourage you to research these bills and contact your State Assembly and State Senate representatives. You can make a difference by simply taking five minutes to call and ask your representatives to oppose these bills.Find Your Representative
AB 2943 Regarding Unlawful Business Practices
Proposed bill to prohibit resources concerning treatment or ministry in order to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Essentially, conferences, counseling, teaching, books, or publications, where money is exchanged for the resource, would be prohibited.
Why we oppose this bill:
AB 2943 prohibits access to communication, counseling, and materials for those who are asking for help with unwanted sexual attraction or gender dysphoria even if they themselves desire such resources. We see AB 2943 as discriminatory to those with certain ideological viewpoints or religious beliefs. In addition, this bill undermines the constitutional rights of Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of Religion. We believe that, if an adult or child wants to pursue resources and counseling to assist with their personal plan of therapy for unwanted sexual desires or gender dysphoria, that should be their personal choice.Read AB 2943
AB 2119 Regarding Foster Care
Proposed bill that mandates that any child in foster care expressing gender identity issues must only be provided counseling and medical services that affirm the gender identity that the child believes they have. Any professionally-guided exploration questioning that belief, or encouraging the child to embrace their biological gender would be prohibited.
Why we oppose this bill:
Our objections to this bill are threefold:
First, we believe that foster parents and social workers have the legal and moral responsibility to care for the underage foster children in their charge and to make healthy, long-term decisions for them until they are of legal age. The proposed AB 2119 undermines the legal guardians’ core responsibility to oversee the health and being for one’s children.
Second, AB 2119 empowers children to make life-altering decisions without counseling or therapy. Life impacting decisions should not be made based on emotions that may be unhealthily influenced by peer pressure, circumstance, history, or passing experiences. This legislation specifically prohibits any kind of treatment aimed at “aligning a child’s or nonminor dependent’s assigned sex at birth and gender identity.” This prohibition creates an environment where a child or nonminor dependent has only one option presented to them while at a vulnerable time in their lives, unable to choose from any additional options. Children under the age of 18 should not be encouraged to make decisions as life-altering as puberty blocking, cross-sex hormones, surgery and resultant sterilization. This notion is especially true concerning foster children who may have had unconventional or traumatic experiences, which could affect their ability to make informed choices.
Third, gender identity “affirming” therapies for underage children potentially pose catastrophic physical, mental and emotional health risks. These hazards include stunted sexual development, infertility, and statistically higher rates of suicide. These are alarming ramifications for the well-being of children and communities.Read AB 2119
AB 1779 Regarding Sexual Orientation
UPDATE: This bill has officially been pulled from the committee as of April 20, 2018.
Proposed bill to ban mental health providers from assisting in sexual orientation change efforts for adults under a conservatorship or guardianship who express same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. The bill amends legislation that already prohibits mental health providers from any kind of effort to treat same sex attraction or gender dysphoria in children under the age of 18. (We oppose the bill and the existing legislation.)
Why we oppose this bill:
Our objections to BPC Article 15 [865-865.2] and AB 1779 are threefold:
First, BPC Article 15 [865-865.2] prohibits access to mental health providers for those who are asking for resources to assist with addressing unwanted sexual attractions or gender identities even if they themselves desire such resources.
Second, prohibiting sexual orientation change therapies, while endorsing sexual orientation “affirming” therapies, gives those under 18 years of age only one legal option for addressing this issue. Patients should have a choice as to the kind of treatment they receive and the desired outcome they hope to achieve.
Third, the procedures involved in gender identity “affirming” treatments (encouraged by this legislation) carry far more catastrophic physical, emotional and mental health risks for those under the age of 18 and nonminor dependents than any kind of treatment to align their gender identity with their birth sex. Prohibiting, restricting and penalizing therapies that allow children to think through these issues from different angles while encouraging therapies such as puberty blocking, cross-sex hormones, surgery and resultant sterilization is highly dangerous and restrictive legislation.
Current Updates and How to Get Involved
For current information on the status of the bills and how to get involved at each stage, please please see the California Family Council’s update page here.
We encourage you to research these bills and contact your State Assembly and State Senate representatives. You can make a difference by simply taking five minutes to call and ask your representatives to oppose these bills.Find Your Representative