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Hearing arguments for and against CA bill that would ban paid gay ‘conversion therapy’ services for adults




Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, left, talks with fellow Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, of Campbell, at the Capitol Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.
Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, left, talks with fellow Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, of Campbell, at the Capitol Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.
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Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) introduced a bill that would limit efforts to pay for gay “conversion therapy” in California.

The California Assembly voted Thursday to add gay “conversion therapy” to its list of deceptive business practices.

The practice is already banned in California for those under age 18.  But Low, who authored AB 2943, wants to expand the ban beyond minors. Lawmakers in support of the bill insist those services have been discredited and called them “fraudulent.”

Meanwhile, some religious groups have said that such a ban would be a violation of their constitutional rights. The bill will now head to the Senate.

You can read the full text of the bill here.

Guests:

Evan Low (D-Campbell), California Assembly member who represents District 28, which is located in Silicon Valley and includes Campbell, Cupertino and areas of West San Jose; he is chairman of the California legislative LGBT Caucus, who authored AB2943; he tweets @Evan_Low

Sam Garrett-Pate, spokesperson for Equality California, a non-profit civil rights organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT people in California who co-sponsored AB 2943; he tweets @sgarrettpate

Jonathan Keller, president and CEO of the California Family Council, a Christian-based non-profit educational organization