Controversial California Law Makes It Illegal Not To Use ‘Preferred’ Gender Pronouns
“This transsexual agenda is being pushed now to destroy free speech.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation late last week that makes it a crime for health care workers to not refer to transgender patients by their “preferred name or pronoun.”
The law, known as “LGBT Senior Bill of Rights,” is designed to protect residents at retirement homes, long-term health care facilities and hospitals.
“It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to take any of the following actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status,” the bill reads.
Among the unlawful actions, is to “Willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.”
Another prohibited action is “assigning, reassigning, or refusing to assign a room to a transgender resident other than in accordance with the transgender resident’s gender identity, unless at the transgender resident’s request.”
Additionally, it is unlawful to “restrict a resident’s right to associate with other residents or with visitors, including the right to consensual sexual relations, unless the restriction is uniformly applied to all residents in a nondiscriminatory manner.”
Health care workers found guilty of violating the law could face up to a $1,000 fine, one year in jail or both, Fox News reported.
Further, “care homes that fail to comply with the new law could incur a fine up to $150,000 levied by the state Fair Employment and Housing Commission, have their operating license revoked, or both,” accordingCBN News.
The sponsor of the legislation, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, denied last month, before the California Assembly passed SB219, that it would not be used to prosecute people for using the wrong pronoun.
“It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights protections,” he said in a statement.
California Family Council’s Greg Burt testified before the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee in July, saying, “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?”
He added, “Compelled speech is not free speech. Can the government compel a newspaper to use certain pronouns that aren’t even in the dictionary? Of course not, or is that coming next?”
Now that the legislation has passed, California pro-family leader Randy Thomasson says it is clearly a violation of free speech rights.
“SB219 gives the state new power to determine what is wrong speech and what is right speech,” Thomasson told CBN News.
“The homosexual activists have gotten everything they wanted in California law,” he said. “This transsexual agenda is being pushed now to destroy free speech. If ‘Jeff’ now wants to be called ‘Jane’, you better do it or you could get fined, shut down, or have jail time.”
Thomasson believes that other states will likely follow California’s lead in passing similar legislation.
“The only way it can be defeated,” he said, “is for the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn it as an infringement of the First Amendment.”
(H/T Western Journalism)