The State Senate approved SB 1172 on a party-line vote of 22-12, with Democrats casting all the yes votes and Republicans all voting no. The vote yesterday followed a similar result in the Assembly. It is not clear whether Gov. Brown will sign or veto the bill, though he typically agrees with homosexual advocacy groups like Equality California that have been pushing SB 1172.
PJI Staff Attorney Matthew McReynolds, who has been coordinating PJI’s legislative opposition and spoke against the measure at all three policy committee hearings, commented, “SB 1172 makes it crystal clear that the new focus of LGBT advocacy groups is not equality or civil rights, but shutting down and silencing their opponents. Californians are among the most tolerant people in the world, and they do not support this approach of outlawing speech just because LGBT groups disagree with it.”
PJI is urging Californians to call Gov. Brown’s office toll-free at 1-855-468-2796 to voice their concerns about SB 1172.
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