Sacramento, CA. – Last week California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new bill which would impose legal punishment upon healthcare workers in the state who “willingly and knowingly” use the wrong “gender pronoun” to describe a transgendered individual.
These punishments can even include jail time, along with a fine. The harsh punishments have been heavily criticized. The sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun.
“It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,” he said in a statement last month.
The fine imposed for the violation of this new law can reach up to $1,000. One opponent of the law, the California Family Council’s Greg Burt, slammed the measure when the bill was in its early stages.
“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” he said to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in August, according to CBN News.