A former lesbian is among those rallying today at the California state capitol to fight a measure being praised by homosexual activists.
California state senators are set to debate AB 2943, which bans licensed counselors from practicing so-called "conversion therapy" by classifying the practice a violation of consumer fraud under California law.
The bill's language about outlawing "sexual orientation change efforts" has predictably alarmed many, who are warning the bill could ban not only a counselor's work but also ban the sale of books that claim sexual conversion is possible.
One such book, critics point out, is the Bible itself.
The concerns go beyond books. Some critics are concerned that a Christian conference featuring ex-homosexuals would be considered a fraudulent activity, since LGBT activists claim it's impossible to change one's sexual orientation and mock claims that it happens.
Despite its controversy, the bill sailed through the California Assembly 50-18 and a Senate hearing is set for today, June 12, in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I oppose the bill, AB 2943," Elizabeth Woning, a former lesbian, tells OneNewsNow.
Woning, a California resident and co-founder of the Equipped to Love ministry, will be among those speaking today at the "Day of Action" in Sacramento.
An open lesbian by her 20s, Woning attended a Presbyterian seminary as a lesbian, and later served as a young pastor while advocating for LGBT rights.
But then she met Jesus.
"AB 2943 would seek to block me inviting other people to go on that same journey that I went on," she warns. "My faith journey involved questioning my sexuality as a lesbian, and so this bill would seek to block any kind of invitation, or any kind of encouragement from me, to another person to do the same."
Although the concerns are being mocked by defenders of AB 2943, National Review writer David French explained step by step how the bill's language about goods and services could block book stores from stocking and selling books - goods - that make the same claims a licensed counselor is making.
"This is a dramatic infringement on First Amendment rights," he warns, "rendered even more pernicious by its functional declaration of certain kinds of religious speech and argument as the equivalent of consumer fraud."
The concerns about commerce and consumer fraud are a timely topic for Woning and the ministry, which have compiled a book of 40 former homosexuals who tell their stories.
Equipped to Love intends to put a copy of the book, "Changed," in the hands of every California legislator - while it's still legal to do so.