Thank You Assemblyman Low for Pulling AB 2943 and Listening to our Concerns

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In an incredible answer to the prayers of thousands across the country, California’s controversial AB 2943 has been withdrawn by the author, Assemblymember Evan Low.

“I knew this was an emotionally charged issue, so I spent the past few months traveling up and down the state meeting with a wide variety of faith leaders,” said Assemblymember Low in a statement released on his website. “I was heartened by the conversations.”

After meeting personally with pastors, professional counselors, and former homosexuals who lead ministries to others in the LGBT community, the Assemblymember decided to continue the dialogue beyond this legislative session. “With a hopeful eye toward the future, I share with you that, despite the support the bill received in the Assembly and Senate, I will not be sending AB 2943 to the Governor this year,” Low concluded.

Mr. Low’s decision was greeted with relief and gratitude by Jonathan Keller, President of California Family Council.

“People of faith across California and around the nation care deeply about our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who identify as LGBTQ,” Keller said. “AB 2943 would have tragically limited our ability to offer compassionate support related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and even to preach Jesus’ message of unconditional love and life transformation.”

Keller went on to thank Assemblymember Low for his unprecedented outreach to the faith community in response to threat AB 2943 posed to their constitutionally-protected first amendment freedoms.

“We are inexpressibly grateful to Assemblymember Low for meeting personally with faith leaders over the last several months and sincerely listening to our concerns,” Keller continued. “Today is also a testament to the courageous counselors, ministry leaders, pastors, and OnceGay individuals who bravely shared their personal stories, ensuring that these vital perspectives were not overlooked in the legislative process.”

California Family Council helped lead a broad coalition of local, state, and national organizations and mobilized tens of thousands of Californians in expressing their concerns about AB 2943. To find out more about the organization and their mission, visit www.CaliforniaFamily.org

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  7. I hope the religious right will return the favor and really hear the concerns of the LGBT community as well. As a gay Christian, I am often embarrassed by how BOTH sides treat each other. But the right has to understand that gay people have been legislated against, beat up, and killed for just being gay. Of course some of us will overreact from time to time. But a lot of us are like Loh, and will take the time to listen. Just as I assume a lot of conservative Christians would listen to us and perhaps reevaluate they way they treat us in light of hearing our concerns?

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  12. Praise God for inspiring Mr. Low. We love all people and want to assist them in getting well. God’s (Jesus Christ) love is an example for all to follow, and get well as he has given us through Him the power of prayer and wisdom to help others. He answers prayer!

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  16. Yes, thank you so much for forcing your beliefs and ideology on others. Truly, imposing your religion on everyone else is the most sincere form of Christianity.

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    • I don’t really understand your comment. AB 2943 was forcing Asm. Lows beliefs on everyone else. We are just asking the state to protect people’s freedom to choose the counseling they want.

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