Bill to Make Gender a Personal Choice

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A California senator has introduced a bill to radically redefine the meaning of the words “male” and “female,” and officially recognize a third gender, “non-binary.” SB 179, authored by Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will streamline the process for people wanting to change their gender on government documents, such as driver’s licenses and birth certificates. If the bill is approved, the gender listed on these documents will no longer need to reflect biological reality, but will be determined by personal preference and feelings.

At a press conference earlier this year, Atkins described her excitement over this proposed law. “It is moving us forward into a new world,” Aktins declared. “Where acceptance is the very foundation of letting people be who they tell you they are.”

While sympathetic to the difficulties of those experiencing gender dysphoria, California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller has grave concerns about this bill’s impact.

“We believe government documents need to reflect biological facts for identification and medical purposes,” Keller said. “Secondly, the bill advances a falsehood; that being male or female, or no gender at all is a choice each person must make, not a fact to celebrate and accept. Laws like this will simply erase any meaningful gender definitions, if being male or female is completely divorced from biological facts.”

A simplified process for parents to change the gender of their children, even toddlers, is also a feature of this bill. , Atkins was quoted talking about this provision in the Bay Area Reporter saying, “I have personal friends I know who had to confront and face this issue with their children” who were as young as 3, Atkins said. “I was just blown away.”

The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) has publicly condemned changing the gender of minors calling it “abusive.” The organization explained their position in an article on their website titled, “Gender Ideology Harms Children.”  It states, “When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such.”

The article goes on explain that many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.

“The [APC] maintains it is abusive to promote this ideology, first and foremost for the well-being of the gender dysphoric children themselves, and secondly, for all of their non-gender-discordant peers, many of whom will subsequently question their own gender identity, and face violations of their right to bodily privacy and safety.”

Under current California law, individuals can change their sex on their birth certificate, but they must make the request in person before a judge. Additionally, a doctor has to verify an individual is receiving gender transitioning medical treatment before making the change. SB 179 would remove both of these requirements. Choosing a new sex on a driver’s license will only require a person to check one of three boxes: male, female, or the new third gender option “non-binary” for those who do not want to identify as either sex.

The bill already passed the California Senate and will be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on June 27th. Let the members of this committee hear your thoughts about this troubling bill.  If this bill makes it through the Judiciary Committee, it will then be heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee next month.  

(30) Comments

  1. Senator Toni Atkins and Senator Scott Wiener and those who vote for SB 179 will upon their death, have to stand before God on their judgement day!

  2. Gender is a part of our eternal identity. We were born as spirit children, male or female in the pre-existance, to heavenly parents. We were born here on mortal earth either male or female and will be the same after we die and pass on for eternity. Our gender is part of who we are and always will be. Those who think or believe differently are just miss guided. They don’t understand or accept that all of us are son’s and daughters of God.

  3. I strongly oppose SB179. There is no 3rd gender. There is only man and woman and it should stay that way!!!!

  4. I strongly oppose SB179. There is no 3rd gender. There is only man and woman and it should stay that way!!!!

  5. Elizabeth S. Brown

    This state is already a laughing stock among sane individuals all over the country. Please don’t take yet another step in that direction. If you don’t believe in God and His great creation, don’t paint all of us with your dirty brush!!!

  6. It is tough enough growing up in this world without having to ponder this. Looking back on your younger years; how would you have reacted to this mind boggling decision? You tell your 5 year old to make this choice; are you a girl, boy or something else?

    • As a therapist, this bill will only create problems. People who have emotional and psychiatric problems need treatment. Not laws to support their illness. This is illogical and against the laws of nature

  7. I agree with the Pediatricians, that it should be considered abuse for parents to confuse their children. God does not make mistakes, I oppose Bill SB179.

  8. Thanks for the heads-up! I have contacted the committee members to give them my strong support for this bill. So glad this was posted to homeschool groups (even though it isn’t homeschool related at all)!!!!

  9. Mara Afuvai Isumu

    Although gender can easily be changed on an application, a change to gender requires medical procedure therefore the current law protects everyone, to include future laws that may infringe on civil liberties because of non-binary gender.

  10. Jennifer Hontucan

    I am concerned about SB 179 because it attempts to change an absolute! Human beings were created to have female or male DNA and no amount of pretending can change that. fact. It is harmful, as reported by the American College of Pediatricians, to lie to children and tell them that they can become something that they are not. Gender Dysphoria needs compassion and counseling, not false hope. I believe that there could be numerous negative ramifications that would result from this bill if allowed to go through. I hope the committee will think logically and stop with the social experimentation. This state has major infrastructure issues that need to be dealt with and I certainly hope our taxpayer dollars will be used wisely to seek solutions that are indeed pressing.

  11. sb179 and the notion of a third gender are a Gross denial of science that promises to do untold damage to innocent children who are temporarily confused but will be permanently damaged by SB 179.

  12. This is a bill that i will stand strongly against as long as needed. For a small minority of people to try to control what the majority of americans accept as a “norm” will only bring more strife to our country. I usually don’t get that involved, but this is an issue i am willing to fight against for the sake of reason and sanity as a people. There has to come a point where the political correctness of our day is held in check. This to me is one of those points. I hope and pray that you will not support this bill.

  13. Just get rid of ALL the boxes! All ‘the boxes’ do is create ‘special interest groups’ that cater to every ‘hurt’ soul out there – creating big government and costing the taxpayers billions because of ridiculous lawsuits for discriminating against someone! God made each and everyone of us different people and the ‘equality fight’ is never going to stop as long as people are making $ off of pointing out differences and people wanting to ‘feel included’ – God knows exactly what he made each of us for his master plan – we don’t need government ‘boxes’ to check and enable special interests to tie up our government daily and our courts!

  14. The future of our children is dark and foreboding with confusion and political interference in our society by its’ glorification of sex changes at will and gender identification based on whatever feels good! It’s our divine duty to protect our children from this kind of garbage!!

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  17. This Bill SB 179 & Other Bills like they are a Total disgrace & Perverse.!! They these Legislators actually call them selves our Legislators they are a Joke & Corrupt! Our Government officials are to represent the People NOT there Position for Ill gain, Special interests groups and of course MONEY..this is what its about and to destroy our Civil Society!! These types of Bills & Laws like many others are created to suppress & control Us…. If you really think about this it s an Attack on The Family.. Sabotage & Enslavement of the Citizens of this Country.
    Enough is enough. I say NO to SB179!!!!

  18. Abraham Sarabia

    This is a Time like no other to Rise up and be heard..Vote No to SB179, this Bill is Vile & Disgraceful ..just like the people behind it & other Bills like this. They are on a mission to destroy Our Children , Family, Your Rights and Freedom!!! This Bill does not provide Justice but does just the opposite removes Free Speech & People will Live in Fear like loosing there Job, Penalized, Incarcerated and Sued..Yeah that is NOT real Justice for All… what an Atrocity and Assault on the American People . If we actually had Government Representatives with Integrity, Morale & Character We would have a TRUE Government & Justice for the Citizens of America!!! RISE UP..RISE UP Now is the Time like no other.. Wake Up People!!!!!!!

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