California just took a major step away from traditional American values. On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed in a bill, which made California the first state in America to legally recognize three genders.
Democratic Senator Scott Wiener announced the change on his twitter. He said that Brown signed in the bill SB179.
SB179 is also known as the Gender Recognition Act. It’s just one of the gender-oriented bills introduced by Sen. Wiener this year. Wiener partnered with Democrat State Sen. Toni Atkins to push the bill.
“Gov signed our SB179: allows ppl to identify as non-binary, easily correct gender. Big win 4 notion ppl should be allowed to be who they are,” wrote Wiener, whose Twitter bio says he’s a “Urbanist. Environmentalist. Advocate for transit, housing, parks, health, education.”
Democratic Senator Toni Atkins also tweeted about the decision, congratulating Wiener on his win.
She wrote, “I couldn't have asked for a better partner! Thank you, @Scott_Wiener, for everything you do for LGBT rights!”
What does the addition of a third gender mean practically? The Daily Wire explained how it will impact legal documents.
“State drivers’ licenses, birth certificates, and other identity documents will now allow residents to check “non-binary” rather than just male or female,” said the article.
The addition was justified by the fact that a 2015 survey said U.S. transgenders experienced difficulties in travel. They said there was conflict traveling when the gender on licenses and other identification conflicted with their appearance. However, the survey only received responses from 27,000 people, which is less than a third of the people in the U.S. who identify as gender non-binary.
What the far-reaching consequences will be is unknown. There will undoubtedly be legal conflict over the third gender. For example, it may interfere with bathrooms, textbooks that only acknowledge two genders, and essentially anything that has to do with genders.
This isn’t the only controversial bill that Wiener has pushed forward. He’s also responsible for a big that gave jail time to people who refused to use transgender pronouns. The bill will go into effect in January.
The law’s effect is currently limited to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. It says anyone who “‘willfully and repeatedly’ refuses ‘to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns’ can be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison.”
The law, which is referred to as the “LGBT Senior Bill Of Rights,” also requires nursing homes and care facilities to allow residents to use the bathroom of their choice. Religious views, he says, don’t have a place in public facilities.
“Everyone is entitled to their religious view,” said Wiener. “But when you enter the public space, when you are running an institution, you are in a workplace, you are in a civil setting, and you have to follow the law.”
Even more controversial, Wiener introduced and passed legislation that decreased the penalty for knowingly spreading HIV. Seemingly saying it was less of an offense to pass on a devastating disease than to refer to someone with the wrong pronoun.
What do you think about the law? Do you think it will cause issues in the future? Let us know in the comments.
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