A new proposed amendment to a California bill would punish parents who refuse to affirm the gender of their children, which could result in loss of custody.
Lori Wilson and state Senator Scott Weiner proposed the new bill AB957, which amends the state Family Code addressing the “health, safety and welfare of the child” in every household.
It’s also worth noting that both Wilson and Weiner last year suggested offering Drag Queen 101 as part of the K-12 curriculum, introduced a bill that grants judicial leniency to certain pedophiles, and who was accused of a hate-crime hoax.
As the Daily Mail reported:
Under the revision to the Family Code, courts would be given complete authority to remove children from their homes if their parents do not affirm their gender.
The change would also make it so that schools, churches, and other organizations would need to affirm the gender identity of a child or face repercussions.
The law could result in children being removed from their parent’s homes if the state deems family members as ‘anti-LGBTQ+.’
The bill was passed on May 3 and then Amended on June 3 by Weiner, where it will need to pass again with revisions.
Parents who refuse or do not acknowledge a child’s gender identity could face abuse charges.
However, a spokesperson for Rep. Wilson’s office said the bill only applies to family law, not criminal law.
Unsurprisingly, the revisions were blasted by those who say the state should stay out of private residences to monitor each child’s gender.
Founder of Facts Law Truth Justice, Nicole Peterson, said the law is ‘horrifying’ and troublesome for parents everywhere.
“If a parent or guardian is unwilling or simply not ready to affirm their 7-year-old’s new identity — as they transition from Spongebob to Batman to Dora the Explorer — they can be found guilty of child abuse under AB-957 if it passes into law,” she told the Daily Signal.
“This is a horrifying bill for children and for parents and guardians not just in California but across the country,” said Peterson.
San Francisco-based attorney Erin Friday said the new revisions to the California bill could spread wider to push such gender boundaries, resulting in parents losing their children.
“It’s not a giant leap–it’s a tiny step to get there,” said Friday.
“We know exactly where they are going with it. I didn’t think the bill could get worse, but it got worse.”
As The Mail notes:
“The language of the revisions and how they would be enforced is vague and ambiguous, and doesn’t mention the age range of the children that this could apply to.”
Furthermore, it fails to distinguish between ‘affirming’ and ‘sex-change,’ instead asking judges to consider parents’ rejection or non-affirmation of their child’s gender.
Meanwhile, Weiner is also pushing a bill requiring foster parents to affirm the identity of trans children.