Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) has signaled confusion over freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
Brown has vetoed AB-569, which would have punished religious institutions and business owners for practicing their faith.
Brad Dacus, who heads Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) indicated that many Christians across California breathed a sigh of relief when numerous restrictions did not pass through legislation.
“This legislation would have been very oppressive with regards to churches, synagogues [and] private Christian schools – with regards to their abilities to maintain moral standards … with regards to their openly espoused sexual activities of their staff.
If the bill was not vetoed, a Christian school would not have been able to terminate a teacher who became pregnant outside of marriage … or in a same gender relationship.
It is contended that the bill would likely have become the subject of lawsuits if it was signed into law.
“It's a little perplexing to see why he decided to veto this legislation, and yet sign into law a bill that was directly oppressive of non-profit pro-life pregnancy centers that are ministering to women in crisis – and yet be required to have a large sign in the waiting room informing these women where they can get a free or low-cost abortion,” Dacus insisted.
It is argued that such a sign would violate freedom of speech and force a message contrary to the religious beliefs of many of the clinics that oppose abortion.
PJI filed a lawsuit on behalf of two pro-life groups, lost in lower federal courts, and is now waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case and protect the pro-life centers.