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California Churches Still Forced to Pay for Abortions

It is ironic that California state law lets churches that provide healthcare insurance for their employees opt out of providing contraceptives but doesn’t allow churches to opt out of elective abortions. In fact, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) claims that elective abortions are “basic health care services,” which is defined in California law as “medically necessary.”

Backed by the legal power of Alliance Defending Freedom, three California churches brought a lawsuit challenging the requirement. However, a federal court recently dismissed the case. Alliance Defending Freedom will continue to fight on behalf of these churches and others concerning this important issue.

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Many Upset by 5-Year-Old’s School ‘Transition’ Ceremony

After a lesson on “transgenderism,” a kindergarten teacher at a Rocklin, Calif., school celebrated a 5-year-old boy’s “transition” by having him first presented to the class as a boy and then, after having him change into a dress, presenting him again to students as a girl. Not only did this upset some of the kindergarteners, who feared they might suddenly turn into the opposite sex, but it angered parents who knew nothing of the “transition” ceremony.

Rocklin Academy Schools defended the teacher’s position by explaining that gender identity and gender expression teaching is not considered sex education and, as such, is not covered by California’s parental consent and opt-out laws. Additionally, because California has a SOGI law, anyone who might voice opinions against “transgenderism” might be accused of discrimination and slapped with a lawsuit.

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Jailed for Calling a ‘Transgender’ Nursing Home Resident By the Wrong Name?

If Senate Bill 219 passes the California House and is signed by its governor, nursing home workers in California could be fined $1,000 and spend a year in prison for calling a “transgender” resident of a nursing home by the wrong name or pronoun. The bill, which was first promoted by Equality California, also requires long-term care facilities to accommodate “transgender” bathrooms and showers, no matter whether the facility is Christian-owned or not.

Says California Family Council’s Greg Burt, “We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”

SB 219, or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights, defines gender identity as self-identified and states that a patient’s wishes must be followed regardless of what a spouse, family member, or lawyer might want. The bill is unique in that laws on professional-client speech are not usually criminal, but civil matters. If the bill gets signed into law, it could be applied to other employers, landlords, professionals, or businesses.

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California Helping Red States Secede Through Travel Ban

Conservative radio host Erik Erickson recently created a stir when he said the red states should consider seceding, but California—or at least its government employees—may be helping out the red states by continuing to restrict travel to the red states that don’t align with its liberal LGBT values.

Yesterday California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, and Kentucky in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year.

Those four states now join North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee on the “naughty” list.

It’s not clear if the ban on state funding for travel to these states will prevent Fresno State from traveling to Alabama for a football game this year, not that it really matters if Fresno State shows up.

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