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An amendment to a California bill that was passed on May 3 would deem parents who refuse to affirm their child's gender as 'abusive' and could result in the parent losing custody of their child.
The amendment was proposed on June 3 by Democratic Assemblymember Lori Wilson and state Senator Scott Weiner. Last year, Senator Weiner suggested offering a course called 'Drag Queen 101' as part of the K-12 curriculum. The amendment to the bill passed on May 3 would amend the state Family Code that addresses the "health, safety and welfare of the child," in households.
If the bill passes, the law could allow for children to be removed from their parents' home if relatives are deemed 'anti-LGBTQ+.'
Now that the bill includes the proposed amendment, it will have to be passed again with the revision.
The amendment would allow courts to be given complete authority to remove children from their homes if their parents utilize their parental rights to refuse to affirm their children's gender. Other organizations such as churches and schools would also be forced to affirm the child's gender or face consequences for "impacting the health, safety and welfare of [a] child."
According to a spokesperson for Rep. Wilson's office, the bill only applies to family law and not criminal law, however, under the proposed amendment, individuals and organizations that do not acknowledge a child's gender identity could possibly face charges of abuse.
The amendment has already received pushback from those who say that the state has no right to interfere with the lives of children in private residences and supporters of parental rights.
Nicole Peterson, the founder of Facts Law Truth Justice, said of the proposed amendment, "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."
"This is a horrifying bill for children, and for parents and guardians not just in California, but across the country," Peterson added. She also warned that if California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) runs for U.S. President in 2028, he could force the law on every state in the country.
"It's not a giant leap - it's a tiny step to get there," said San Francisco-based attorney Erin Friday who thinks that the amendment is a slippery slope that could lead to more laws that push boundaries.
"We know exactly where they are going with it. I didn't think the bill could get worse, but it got worse," she added.
The amendment is also written in vague and ambiguous language and leaves out necessary specifics, like the age range of the children it could apply to, ZeroHedge noted.
The amendment also does not differentiate between 'affirming' and 'sex change.' Rather, the amendment only asks judges to consider parents' either rejection or affirmation of their child's gender.
As for Senator Weiner, he is also promoting a bill that would require foster parents to affirm the identity of transgender children in their care. It appears that Sen. Weiner won't stop until all parental rights have been eliminated by a process that appears to be a political version of death by a thousand small, ambiguous cuts.
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