On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill making California an even worse place to live. It is now illegal to be factual and call someone by their proper gender if they, xe, or sie don’t prefer it. Fortunately, though quite oddly, it only applies to nursing homes and residential care facilities... for now, at least.
Under the California Health and Safety code, the “LGBT Senior Bill of Rights” warns that anyone who “willfully or repeatedly” doesn’t “use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns… is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed one year, or by both the fine and imprisonment.”
Welcome to California!
State Sen. Scott Weiner authored the bill and told those who oppose it, “Everyone is entitled to their religious view, but when you enter the public space — when you are running an institution — you are in a workplace, you are in a civil setting, and you have to follow the law.”
In addition to word policing, nursing home staff must allow senior residents to use whichever bathroom they wish.
After the governor signed the bill, Weiner thanked him:
Our LGBT seniors built the modern LGBT community and led the fight for so many of the rights our community takes for granted today. It is our duty to make sure they can age with the dignity and respect they deserve. I want to thank Governor Brown for joining our coalition in supporting this bill, which will make a real difference in people’s lives. The LGBT Senior Bill of Rights is an important step in our fight to ensure all people are treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
And there we thought the creation of Maroon 5 was alone a good enough reason to leave California:
H/T Daily Caller