Are Religious Californians Really Harming the Mental Health of People Who Identify as LGBTQ?

By Dr. Laura Haynes Politicians are saying Californians of many religions are causing people who identify as LGBTQ to exhibit mental health disparities. The research does not support this claim. California politicians are telling people of many religions that their faith is unacceptable to the state. These legislators are pushing…

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Senators Say Stopping Biblical LGBT Counseling a Matter of Public Safety

Seemingly unconcerned about violating the First Amendment, several California Senators argued the state has a “public safety” interest in protecting LGBTQ identified people from the “harmful” speech of pastors and counselors. The comments came during a debate several weeks ago in the Senate Judiciary Committee over a resolution condemning any…

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Senate Demands Pastors Reject Biblical Counseling For LGBT Californians

Last week, the California Senate gave party-line approval to Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99, a resolution demanding people of faith in the state change how they teach, preach, and counsel others related to LGBT identities and behaviors. Authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-San Jose), ACR 99 condemns pastors, counselors, and religious…

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“Biology is Not Bigotry,” 1st Grade Teacher Tells CA Legislators

Testifying before a California legislative committee last month, first-grade teacher Raechel Olson told legislators she would “take a bullet for any child,” but she would not harm children by following the state’s proposed gender identity training. Raechel Olson delivered this message to the Senate Education Committee last month in opposition…

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CA Bills Update: College Abortions, Forced Pronouns, Free Planned Parenthood Advertising, and Inmates Pick Their Sex

SB 24: College Student Chemical Abortions Authored by Senator Connie Leyva (D-San Bernardino) Summary: This bill mandates California public university health centers offer students chemical abortions as a “basic health service.” Chemical abortions are used to kill an unborn child up to 10 weeks old. Non-surgical chemical abortion involves two…

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CA Legislator Ignores Supreme Court: Claims He Can Compel Private Schools to Promote His Message

Last year, the U.S Supreme Court struck down California’s Reproductive Fact Act as a violation of the First Amendment, because it required pro-life pregnancy centers to provide free-abortion phone numbers to their clients. Compelled speech violates free speech, the court said. But California Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel doesn’t think that decision…

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