I guess you can file this under "Surprised It Hasn't Already Happened," but California's Senate passed a bill to allow the state's residents to change their gender identity on their birth certificates and state IDs, including driver's licenses, to "female, male, or non-binary." The bill is currently awaiting a vote in the state Assembly. Similar legislation has been introduced in New York and the District of Columbia.
Though gender activists hail this as a victory, Randy Thomasson -- who is president of SaveCalifornia.com and the Campaign for Children and Families -- said this could have unintended consequences. "If one's sex can be officially 'changed' by simply — even repeatedly — filing an $11 form with the state government, it's going to be a lot harder to accurately identify 'non-binary' accused criminals in open court. The gender identity fraud that this radical bill would usher in is the antithesis of law and order."
The bill deals with this, however:
This bill would enact the Gender Recognition Act, delete the requirement that an applicant have undergone any treatment, and instead would authorize a person to submit to the State Registrar an application to change gender on the birth certificate and an affidavit attesting, under penalty of perjury, that the request for a change of gender is to conform the person’s legal gender to the person’s gender identity and not for any fraudulent purpose. By requiring the affidavit to be attested to under penalty of perjury, the bill would create a crime, and thus impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would authorize the change of gender on the new birth certificate to be female, male, or nonbinary. [Emphasis added.]
There's are just a couple problems with the way that's written. First, calling yourself a gender that you are not is fraudulent. Second, if a person wanted to change his or her identity to commit a crime, do you really think that person would be thwarted by taking an oath about it? Lambda Legal says that the following countries already recognize more than two genders on passports or national ID cards: Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand and Pakistan. I guess Californians can rest easy that they're one step closer to Pakistan's level of gender "wokeness."
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