A bill in California seeks to force foster care parents to use a child's preferred name and gender pronoun, but there is pushback against such an "Orwellian" demand.
AB-175 was introduced by Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-District 64), who says the goal is to make a child's home environment more inclusive.
"Foster youth have to overcome many barriers and many burdens and having a high rate of unemployment and incarceration," Gipson told the Human Services Committee on Tuesday. "These youth have few people to turn to that can help them understand the resources and the rights entitled to them under the foster care system here in the state."
Responding to the assemblyman's bill, Greg Burt of California Family Council tells OneNewsNow it sends a message to Christian foster parents that California doesn't want them.
"The Assembly Human Services Committee approved this particular foster care bill 7-1," Burt says. "We had one Republican on our side, one defaulted. Then they more or less said they liked the bill, that parents are going to be forced to use the gender pronoun of their child's choice, and that's the loving thing to do and that anybody that resists is part of the problem."
The bill now goes to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and Burt is urging the public to speak up, especially Christian foster parents in the state.
"Sadly, a lot of these Christian foster care agencies are not speaking up," he warns. "I think they're afraid of the government and they're not standing up for kids, and that's really sad."
Burt was among the witnesses testifying against the legislation (see link here) before the Human Services Committee.
Kevin Snider, chief counsel for the Pacific Justice Institute, also spoke against the legislation, saying it is not only content-based restriction on speech, it is also compelled speech.
"If your religious convictions, science, or the logic of grammar lead you to believe that a male is a he and one person is not a they," Snider told the hostile, Democrat-led committee, "then the government cannot force an individual to say something known to be demonstrably false."
Snider wasn't finished, either, telling lawmakers it is "Orwellian" to force someone by law to claim illogically that two plus two equals five.
"Young people do not need a Big Brother to write a long list of house privileges," he argued. "They need parents who can parent them through the turbulence of being a teenager."
Even though Snider implored the committee to use logic and common sense, his testimony didn't sit well: Democratic Assembly Member Mark Stone responded that Snider had resorted to "fear-mongering" and an emotion-driven argument.