SHOCK: New California Law Allows Jail Time Simply For Using Wrong Gender Pronoun
In what is the most authoritarian bill to pass into California law, health care workers who use the wrong gender pronoun could face jail time.
Fox News reports:
California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week.[…]
“It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,” [Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener] said in a statement last month.
But the language seemingly allows for the possibility, however remote.[…]
The law states that if provisions are violated, the violator could be punished by a fine “not to exceed one thousand dollars” or “by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed one year,” or both.
Sen. Scott Wiener is the same lawmaker who was instrumental in getting a law passed where it will no longer be a felony to knowingly infect someone with HIV.
Mary Greeley explains what the bill would do to the state of California.
“Several lawmakers are promoting a bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, that would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony to intentionally expose someone to HIV, the virus that causes the immune system-weakening disease AIDS. The change would treat HIV like other communicable diseases under California law,” explains Greeley.