Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Urgent--Calls Needed to Senators


Pacific Justice Institute

Tuesday, May 15, 2012




If you've been keeping up with Pacific Justice Institute lately, you know we're in the middle of a fierce battle at the State Capitol over SB 1172. This outrageous bill would silence Biblically-based counseling and tear families apart.

This is a critical week for SB 1172, and we need you to take action by calling your state senator to ask for their "no" vote. This bill is now on the floor of the Senate and can be voted on anytime between now and June 1. Since most votes are taking place on Mondays and Thursdays, we have a very short window of time in which to let our voices be heard. Phone numbers for all senators can be found at http://senate.ca.gov/senators.

We have been hearing from our friends in the Senate that many more phone calls are needed to get the attention of our lawmakers. It does not matter whether your senator is liberal, moderate, or conservative--they need to hear from you!

Why we strongly oppose SB 1172:

  • This bill strictly bans counselors from telling young people that it is possible to overcome same-sex attractions and feelings--even if the minor or their parents seek out this type of counseling. 
  • It mandates a new government form that adults must be given before a counselor or therapist can talk to them about "changing" their sexual orientation. The form would strongly discourage anyone from attempting such a change.
  • It imposes an absurd government orthodoxy that insists it is possible to change one's gender, be bisexual, or go from straight to gay, but it is dangerous and not really possible for an LGBT person to become straight.
  • It blames efforts to change sexual orientation for gay suicides, substance abuse, and even relationship problems.
  • It suggests government intervention in families that do not fully embrace their teens' sexual choices.
  • It creates unprecedented legal liability for psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and others who suggest that it is possible to change one's sexual orientation. 
  • In short, the bill violates freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and family autonomy.

You can read the entire bill, as well as committee analyses and status updates, by going to www.leginfo.ca.gov.


 SB 1172 is so extreme that even pro- LGBT professional groups like the California Psychological Association have been very reluctant to support it. Nevertheless, it is well on its way to becoming law unless Californians take action.

After you call your senator, please take an extra minute to visit www.pji.org to make a contribution that will enable us to continue walking the halls of the Capitol and fighting this and other important battles.

Thank you for standing with us!

The PJI Legal Team


P.S.  Please help us by forwarding this email to your family and friends. 


Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties.  Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide their clients with all the legal support they need.  PJI's strategy is to coordinate and oversee large numbers of concurrent court actions through a network of over 1,000 attorneys nationwide.  And, according to former US Attorney General Edwin Meese, "The Institute fills a critical need for those whose civil liberties are threatened."  

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