COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.,–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – U.S. Newswire)– Aug. 2, 2002–Today, on his daily radio broadcast, Dr. James Dobson, president of Focus on the Family, denounced the California Legislature’s attempt to impose pro-homosexual legislation on the people of California. Two bills, AB 1080 and AB 2651, could eliminate the work of thousands of Californians who contribute to the state’s welfare and economy through businesses, health care facilities and the foster care system.
Under AB 1080, any business entering into a contract with the state of California would be required to offer domestic-partner benefits equal to those offered to married spouses. California’s already weakened economy could be further undermined if religious hospitals, health care facilities, and business owners are forced to choose between violating their beliefs and getting or keeping a contract with the state.
Another bill, AB 2651, also seeks to implement radical pro-gay policies, this time in the foster care system. All foster parents would be required to attend “sensitivity training” and could even be reported to a statewide hot line if they refuse to affirm the sexual choices of the children in their care. Homosexual couples would be given priority as potential foster parents, while parents with religious convictions could be eliminated from the system — denying many of the 115,000 children currently in the California foster care system the chance to have a loving home with a mother and a father.
Both bills are currently in the Senate Appropriations committee and are expected to pass in the Senate and would go to Gray Davis to be signed in mid to late August.
“Intolerance has reared its ugly head in California once again,” said Tom Minnery, vice president of public policy for Focus on the Family, who joined Dr. Dobson on the broadcast today. “AB 1080 and AB 2651 are just more examples of the state legislature’s clear intention to force its views down the throats of those who hold religious convictions. Putting humanitarian organizations out of business and preventing needy children from a good home is undeniable proof of the great lengths California’s lawmakers will go to in order to promote their own pro-gay agenda.”
Dobson encouraged California listeners to call their senators and Governor Davis’ office to oppose AB 1080 and AB 2651. Capitol Resource Institute, a Sacramento based, pro-family organization associated with Focus on the Focus on the Family, will hold two news conferences, one in Sacramento on Monday, Aug. 5 at the Press Room in the State Capitol at 10 a.m. and another in Garden Grove on Wednesday, Aug. 7 in front of Sen. Joe Dunn’s office at 12397 Lewis St. at 11 a.m. Copies of ads being placed in Hispanic publications and California business journals are available upon request.
More information can be found at: http://www.citizenlink.org or http://www.capitolresource.org.
James C. Dobson, PhD., is a psychologist, author, radio broadcaster and the president of Focus on the Family. Founded in 1977, Focus on the Family is a non-profit Christian ministry committed to strengthening the family in the U.S. and throughout the world.
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