Russell: Bill 2943 will enforce a new belief system on California's Christians

Russell: Bill 2943 will enforce a new belief system on California’s Christians

Opinion

If it passes the California Senate and the governor signs it, Assembly Bill 2943 would make the selling or advertising of gay conversion therapy a violation of the state’s consumer fraud laws. Conservatives are understandably up in arms after it passed the California State Assembly Thursday. Some language in the bill appears to violate the free speech and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment. So California continues to deftly pioneer the war on gender, while simultaneously squashing free speech.

VIDEO: [One America News] Interview with California State Republican Travis Allen on the dangers of Bill 2943


Evan Low, an openly gay member of California’s Assembly proposed the bill, which would make it an “unlawful business practice” to engage in “a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.” He gave an emotional testimony of his own experience as a gay man who had tried conversion therapy and had a negative experience.

The bill defines “sexual orientation change efforts” as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”

What’s more, as part of its proof that the practice to “convert” or “change” sexual orientations is absurd, unscientific, and even fraudulent, the bill claims “contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”

Being transgender is now referred to as a lot of things, but a bill defining it as part of the “natural spectrum of human identity” is not only flat out wrong, but also dangerous. Psychiatrists like Dr. Paul McHugh and men like Walt Heyer have found from professional and personal experience that biology is innate, dysphoria in children often fades over time, and that transitioning is harmful.

This article continues at [The Federalist] California Continues To Pioneer The War On Gender While Squashing Free Speech

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