There are people in this nation who see signs for “MEN” and “WOMEN” above bathroom doors as being the exact same thing as “WHITE” and “BLACK” above those very same doors sixty yeas ago. Not surprisingly, many of those people reside and work in the California state legislature. You’ve got to hand it to California – when it comes to the continual trek to the liberal left, the state certainly doesn’t mind marching in pole position and now the folks in Sacramento are poised to take their biggest leap ever.
Whether a person is a man, woman, other, none of the above, or changing between and betwixt the four could become a matter of law if two California legislators have their way. The California Family Council has written a story about Senate Bill 179:
“Bill to Make Gender a Personal Choice”
A California senator has introduced a bill to radically redefine the meaning of the words “male” and “female,” and officially recognize a third gender, “non-binary.” SB 179, authored by Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will streamline the process for people wanting to change their gender on government documents, such as driver’s licenses and birth certificates. If the bill is approved, the gender listed on these documents will no longer need to reflect biological reality, but will be determined by personal preference and feelings.
At a press conference earlier this year, Atkins described her excitement over this proposed law. “It is moving us forward into a new world,” Aktins declared. “Where acceptance is the very foundation of letting people be who they tell you they are.”
One’s mind can’t help but run to the myriad possibilities that last statement invokes. Let people be who they tell you they are? So if declare I’m a doberman pinscher a gnome or a gargoyle, am I one? Should I be able to have my birth certificate legally changed to reflect my status as a wood nymph? If I can not be a man or a woman – are these questions really that much of a stretch?
Of course the bill is not without its detractors one of whom is California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller. The story continues quoting Keller:
“We believe government documents need to reflect biological facts for identification and medical purposes,” Keller said. “Secondly, the bill advances a falsehood; that being male or female, or no gender at all is a choice each person must make, not a fact to celebrate and accept. Laws like this will simply erase any meaningful gender definitions, if being male or female is completely divorced from biological facts.”
A simplified process for parents to change the gender of their children, even toddlers, is also a feature of this bill. Atkins was quoted talking about this provision in the Bay Area Reporter saying, “I have personal friends I know who had to confront and face this issue with their children” who were as young as 3, Atkins said.
The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) has publicly condemned changing the gender of minors calling it “abusive.”
Toddlers. A three year old confused about gender identity.
We in America have redefined marriage. Last week Harvard University informed students that their gender can change from day-to-day. Now calling someone a “man” or “woman” can actually be offensive and discriminatory and children barely out of diapers are ‘gender confused.’
How or where this all goes is anyone’s guess but you can bet the ones leading us there will be from California.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]