Legislation that would have declared anti-LGBT conversion therapy unlawful and would have banned advertising for it has been pulled back by its author, even though he appeared to have the votes to pass it.
In a personal statement released Friday morning, South Bay Assemblyman Evan Low (D-San Jose) described authoring AB 2943 as "one of the most personal decisions I have made since taking office."
Although versions of the bill had passed both the Senate and Assembly, Low said he wanted a bill that addressed the concerns of some in the religious community who worried about its financial impact.
“The best policy is not made in a vacuum and in order to advance the strongest piece of legislation, the bill requires additional time to allow for an inclusive process not hampered by legislative deadlines," Low wrote. Tonight is the deadline for passing legislation this year.
In response, Greg Burt with the California Family Council (CFC) released a statement thanking Low for pulling the bill, calling his decision "an incredible answer to the prayers of thousands across the country."