By Grace Vasquez
California has always been a little bit out there but this new law just place the entire state in, well, LaLa Land and I don’t mean the movie!
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into legislation last week a new law stating if health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” they could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time.
However the sponsor of the bill, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, insists that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun. Hmm, but a close look at the language it seems, yeah you can be jailed for using the wrong pronoun so if that’s the case, why do you need the law?
Wiener issued a statement saying “It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections.”
Fox News reports “The bill itself is aimed at protecting transgender and other LGBT individuals in hospitals, retirement homes and assisted living facilities. The bill would ensure those facilities accommodate transgender people and their needs, including letting them decide which gender-specific bathroom they prefer to use.”
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. Whoa, jail time up to a year for not using the correct pronoun? Was this a problem in California? Apparently, they needed a law.~grace