California Becomes First State to Legally Recognize a ‘Third Gender’

In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing.

By Published on October 16, 2017

California became the first state in America to legally recognize a third gender after Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation Sunday.

State drivers’ licenses, birth certificates, and other identity documents will now allow residents to check “non-binary” rather than just male or female, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday. The Gender Recognition Act is one of several gender-oriented bills introduced by Democrat State Sen. Scott Wiener this year. Wiener partnered with Democrat State Sen. Toni Atkins to push the bill.

Wiener is also responsible for introducing a bill that gives jail time to certain Californians who refuse to use transgender pronouns.

Many in the transgender community reported difficulty in traveling when the gender on licenses and other identification conflicted with their appearance, according to a 2015 survey of U.S. transgenders. The survey included responses from only 27,000 people, less than a third of which identified as gender non-binary.

Wiener introduced and passed legislation that decreased the penalty for knowingly spreading HIV, and his bill to penalize Californians who refuse to use transgender pronouns will go into effect in January.

The law’s effect is limited to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, but mandates that those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” can be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code.

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Known as the “LGBT Senior Bill Of Rights,” the legislation requires nursing homes and care facilities to allow residents to use the bathroom of their choice, regardless of biological sex. Religious views don’t hold weight in public areas, argues Wiener, the bill’s author.

“Everyone is entitled to their religious view,” Wiener said. “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.”



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  • Chip Crawford

    Yes, we have to follow the law, God’s law, which is higher. But, not to worry, he’ll back our compliance. Remember the three Hebrew children thrown into the fiery furnace in Babylon? They wouldn’t bow to the king’s idol, but they didn’t burn in that furnace. There was found a fourth man with them, who turned out to be an angel. They were brought up out of that furnace alive, but the attendants were burned and perished. If you don’t bow; you won’t burn. You may say: so, what’s that got to do with us? If you’re a believer thinking on your God who doesn’t change, you know he’ll do that for you, in whatever correlation is needed. You may choose another deliverance, like to go on to be with the Lord, but then, YOU would have chosen that, not the infidels. If God be for us, who can successfully be our adversary [Amp. I think]. But then again, you have to believe that in your heart – to know you know that he is for you and will hear you when you call on him. You have to know God and for yourself, and walk with him in these days in which we are placed.

  • Chip Crawford

    California’s statements of appreciation of the cooperation among state, local and federal agencies during this wild fire crisis are gratifying (in light of their declarations of independence and severance in other areas). Maybe some strengthening of the union can come about somehow.

  • pastormerrill

    “Male”, “female”, and “moron”? You mean to tell me that since the existence of the first states over 200 years ago, and those that have reached statehood since, they have all been so ignorant as to not even know there are Three genders? So all the geniuses of past history, all the medical brilliance of the past, has failed to recognize the existence of this third gender? This would not be even a funny joke, let alone something “intelligent” people would recognize in the past. Are we evolving into a more “enlightened” society?
    Is this what you call “intelligence”? What an embarrassment to Californians, society, humanity. Have we come to such a ridiculous thought of a third gender, that elected officials have introduced it as a law in California? God allowed man to rule himself, and this is what man comes up with. Talk about the need to “drain the swamp”.

    • JP

      Very well put.

      • Harry Goatter

        Actually there’s been a third gender for ages. Centuries. There are some regions that have been accepting of it for like ever. It seems new to modern society because well… we had to wait for black people, then women, then queer people to gain rights and acceptance first.

        • JP

          There is no 3rd gender. The Constitution does not give rights based on sexual preferences.

          • Harry Goatter

            Why are you responding to my simple historical correction, with disrespectful assumptions that have no basis for your befuddling passionate stance on something as trivial as gender (was your Mum murdered by an androgynous person or something??)? Ironically, I spent all summer working as a zookeeper, so shoveling poop is my domain … Now I’m not sure what The constitution has to do with it, considering every country has its own, but I reckon freedom of identifying as whatever gender is a pretty basic right. If it wasn’t, then there wouldn’t be an X next to gender on my liscence.

        • Chip Crawford

          Sadly, you are one of those goofball dopes who join the other lemmings who don’t have enough to do. Get off welfare and get a job. Volunteer. Shovel poop. Get busy.

    • Hmmm…

      Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

      2 Thess. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

      May they repent and believe the Gospel before it’s too late, and their wild fire turns to hell fire.

  • JP

    No wonder California is known as the land of fruits and nuts.

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