April 25, 2001
volume 12, no. 115

Urgent Message to All Catholics and Other Christians


    AB 1649 is scheduled to be heard in the California state Assembly Labor & Employment Committee this Wednesday, April 25, 2001. Authored by lesbian assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, this bill would redefine sex to include a third category of "gender" which is something other than sex at birth, like transgender, transvestites, cross-dressers, drag queens, etc. It would force employers to allow any individual to dress in a manner they see fit or perceive their gender to be and force Catholic and Christian businessmen to hire such individuals contrary to their deeply held religious beliefs.

    The California Catholic Conference is tracking this bill as "significant" in terms of priority but is not taking a position on it. According to the Conference's website at as of April 23, the position code assigned to this bill is "n" indicating neither support nor opposition. Consequently, the Conference has taken no action, such as writing a letter or meeting with legislators, in relation to this bill.

    Please contact the California Catholic Conference and ask that it take a "Full Opposition" (FO) position on this bill. Request that the Conference, as the political action and lobbying arm of the California Catholic bishops, speak out forcefully and publicly against bills that seek to legitimize radical sexual behaviors through the inclusion of "gender" in public policies.

    Here is the contact information:

Phone number: (916) 443-4851
Fax number: (916) 443-5629
E-mail for executive director Edward E. "Ned" Dolejsi:
E-mail for associate director for public policy, David Pollard:

April 25, 2001
volume 12, no. 115
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