Let me tell you, friends, this is the power of prayer and activism at work!!
We have been working hard to spread awareness of the fascistic bill being considered in California that would effectively ban all forms of therapy or the sale of material to help anyone who sought freedom from homosexual urges or gender confusion by utilizing their First Amendment right to seek faith-based counseling and resources.
AB 2943 would have made it illegal for anyone to provide faith-based counseling or sell materials–even to those who sought it by their own free will. This would have been a blatant violation of the First Amendment and an incredibly serious setback for Christians in California.
Miraculously, the California Family Council happily shared last week, Assemblyman Low, the same man who introduced the bill (and even directly responded to Elizabeth’s criticism of his bill following the Washington DC Freedom March earlier this year), withdrew it.
They explained in an email:
In an incredible answer to the prayers of thousands across the country, California’s controversial AB 2943 has been withdrawn by the author, Assemblymember Evan Low.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
This is a huge victory for both freedom and faith, and invigorates and inspires us to continue to push back against the progressive agenda! Thank you so much for your prayers, your support, and the energy you throw behind campaigns like the one that ultimately was able to fight AB 2943.