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Topic - Brad Dacus
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will allow children in California to have more than two legal parents, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A House bill being introduced Thursday seeks to protect the religious freedom of individuals, institutions and businesses that are increasingly being punished or harassed for their beliefs on marriage.
A first-of-its-kind California law is going to court this week, when a panel of judges will hear testimony about whether mental health professionals have the right to talk with young clients about reducing their homosexual attractions or the state has the right to outlaw such "dangerous quackery."
A legal-defense group that supports traditional values filed a federal lawsuit in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday to block a new California law that bans certain kinds of counseling for youth seeking help for same-sex attraction.
California's first-of-its-kind "gay history" law went into effect Jan. 1, but so far, educators don't appear to be on the same page.
"This is in the long run going to be a mistake," he said. "The ones who are going to pay the price are not the activists, but it's going to be children, who will see greater conflict and indecision over matters involving their well-being."
However, given questionable gay-marriage court rulings, scandals in the Internal Revenue Service and "atrocities" such as SB 323 in California, lawmakers should act "pre-emptively" to protect people, churches and institutions against government intolerance of religious freedom, he said.