Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Chance to Contact Governor -- Veto Bills Attacking Religious Liberty, Family

LAST CHANCE to Contact Governor Brown to Ask for Veto
Anti Religious Liberty, Family, Marriage Bills Must be Stopped

Governor Brown has until midnight Sunday to either sign or veto four remaining bills attacking religious liberty, family, and marriage in California. The governor already signed the contentious SB 623, allowing non-doctors to perform abortions and endanger women's health. This is our final opportunity to let him know we will not sit idly by while religious liberty and family are attacked by CA legislators.

These bills passed both the Assembly and the Senate, despite the best efforts of so many of us to encourage our legislators to stand against this onslaught of anti-family and anti-religious legislation. Now, it takes a veto by the governor to keep them from becoming law. We must convince Governor Brown that Californians will not tolerate these attacks.

These bills present assaults
on marriage, family, and
religious liberty:
1. Please contact Governor Brown TODAY and ask him to veto
SB 1172
SB 1476
AB 1856
2. Please let 5 of your friends or family members know about this bill.
Enough is enough! Don't just be outraged -- make your voice heard. Forward this email to your friends and family right away. Don't let these bills pass unnoticed.

If you have not already done so, please take a few moments TODAY to send a message to Governor Brown.

The process takes a few moments, but it is simple. Follow the link in the box to the right. You will be asked which bill you are writing about and whether you oppose or support it. Scroll all the way through the list to find the bills. You will need to send four separate emails. I encourage you to take the time to send these emails, even if you find it tedious or frustrating.

Your support for marriage, family, and religious liberty is so critical that we cannot afford to lose even one voice in opposition to each of these four horrific bills. Reference our talking points below to let Governor Brown know that you support religious freedom and the rights of children and parents.

A short description of each bill is provided here as a reminder of the critical talking points. For background information on each, please please see the article on our website.

SB 1140, the "Trojan Horse" marriage bill, creates two distinct types of marriage in California, conflicting with the California Constitution's marriage provision passed by the voters through Prop 8. This bill appears to provide protection for religious institutions, but it is a deception. If the bill's sponsors were truly concerned about providing protection for people of faith, they could provide conscience and freedom of religious expression provisions that would protect institutions and individuals from discrimination should they fail to make facilities available or provide services to people or events that conflict with their witness to the reality of marriage. Instead, this bill lays groundwork to redefine marriage to accommodate same-sex couples, and eventually remove from the law any public institution that unites kids with their moms and dads.

SB 1172 robs parents of their rights and obligations to seek the good for their children and act in their children's best interest by banning licensed therapists from helping children with unwanted same-sex attractions, even if they specifically ask for help. It prohibits Catholic therapists, even those practicing in Catholic schools, from integrating the teachings of the Church in a way that treats the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.

SB 1476 would allow children to have more than two legal parents. The bill assumes that children have no interest in their relationship with their moms and dads and sets the best interest of adults ahead of any concern for the best interest of the child. Nowhere in the bill is that interest for children defined. Additionally, the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, one of the bill's opponents, is concerned that there "is no limit on how many ... parents can be created by court order." In addition, The Association of Certified Family Law Specialists argues that, "because parentage law is so complicated, (passage of this bill would have far-reaching effects on) citizenship, tax deductions, social security, wrongful death and ... implications in these myriad of other contexts."

AB 1856 would mandate that all foster parents receive instruction supporting all of their foster children's sexual choices. This bill violates the religious liberty of Catholic foster parents, and other people of faith, who would wish to teach their foster children the reality of love, marriage, and family. These parents would be encouraged, and possibly intimidated, to violate their own consciences.

Please forward this email to five other people asking them to do the same right away.

Please ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Blessed John Paul as we work to evangelize the culture for marriage and family.

For the Common Good,

Bill May
Chairman, Catholics for the Common Good
415 651 4171
415 738 0421 (Fax)

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