Straying from his open support of the trans movement, California Gov. Gavin Newsom just vetoed Assembly Bill 957 by Assemblywoman Lori Wilson (D-Suisun City), in which a parent could lose custody for not “affirming” or agreeing to a child’s claims about gender identity.
Did presidential politics play a role in this veto?
“Affirming a child’s identity about gender is in their best interest,” Assemblywoman Wilson said in a hearing June 9th. Wilson also said that if you the parent reject your child’s chosen gender, “you are rejecting that child.”
The bill, co-authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would require judges adjudicating such disputes over transgender-identifying children to favor the parent who “affirms” the child’s preferred identity.
Sen. Wiener was not happy about the veto:
“This veto is a tragedy for trans kids here & around the country,” Wiener Tweeted. “These kids are living in fear, with right wing politicians working to out them, deny them health care, ban them from sports & restrooms & erase their humanity. CA needs to unequivocally stand with these kids.”
This veto is a tragedy for trans kids here & around the country. These kids are living in fear, with right wing politicians working to out them, deny them health care, ban them from sports & restrooms & erase their humanity.
CA needs to unequivocally stand with these kids. https://t.co/dffOj1bXDW
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) September 23, 2023
But even more disturbing, bizarre, and ironic about this bill is, in the State of California where the policy of California public schools is to keep “gender” information hidden from parents, how could a divorcing parent even know if they are affirming their child’s “gender identity?”
Perhaps Gov. Newsom also asked that question. Perhaps. But I doubt it.
He said in his veto message, “I appreciate the passion and values that led the author to introduce this bill.”
“I share a deep commitment to advancing the rights of transgender Californians, an effort that has guided my decisions through many decades in public office,” Newsom said.
But he still vetoed this bill…
Newsom appeared all over the place emotionally and legally in his veto:
“That said, I urge caution when the Executive and Legislative branches of state government attempt to dictate – in prescriptive terms that single out one characteristic – legal standards for the Judicial branch to apply. Other-minded elected officials, in California and other states, could very well use this strategy to diminish the civil rights of vulnerable communities.”
“Moreover, a court, under existing law, is required to consider a child’s health, safety, and welfare when determining the best interests of a child in these proceedings, including the parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity.”
Newsom appreciates what led the author to introduce this bill, but he vetoed it while warning officials not to “diminish the civil rights of vulnerable communities.”
Sen. Wiener hyperbolically claims trans kids “are living in fear, with right wing politicians working to out them, deny them health care, ban them from sports & restrooms & erase their humanity.”
No one is denying them health care, banning them from sports or restrooms – what concerned adults are advocating for is to stop the experimental surgeries removing genitalia and cutting off the breasts of young teens, before they’ve even matured mentally or physically. And allowing biological boys to compete in girls sports just because they claim to be a trans female is nonsensical and preposterous, and needs to stop. It is destroying women’s sports – a topic Sen. Scott Wiener avoids.
No trans child is having their humanity erased, but they are being used by a sick medical complex making more than $3 billion a year in these expensive and profitable surgeries – that also needs to be ended. Who are these doctors who swore an oath to Do No Harm?
Read Gov. Newsom’s veto message and see if you can make more sense of it:
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