In none other than the progressive blue state of California, it is now written in the Health and Safety Code for nursing homes and long-term care facilities that if you repeatedly use the wrong pronoun you can be sentenced to up to one year in prison.
Is it just me, or is the government going crazy trying to regulate what people can and should do when dealing with others at ridiculous levels? You can’t make people treat each other with respect or prevent anyone from doing what they want by putting in a law or regulation.
I highly doubt anyone will spend time in prison due to this law because I have no idea how it would even be enforced — so why have it at all? I think it just makes a few people feel better, believing they are fighting the good fight.
My bet would be that if you visited the nursing homes and long-term care facilities in California (or anywhere, for that matter) the last thing residents would need to worry about is what bathroom they are allowed to use or by what pronoun they are called. Yet, legislators in California felt compelled to spend many hours and dollars enacting this new law.
They could have instead hired additional caretakers for the elderly in those facilities, accomplishing far more. It seems to me that this is equivalent to trying to regulate appropriate customer service. Can you imagine if employees received a fine and/or a prison sentence every time they gave us poor customer service?
Somehow, the government has become the “solve all for everything” as well as the decided ruler of the people. It should be just the opposite. The government is in place to serve the people, and we the people need to take responsibility for ourselves. If a worker is disrespectful to a customer or a resident, no matter the reason or cause, it should be time for them to find other work. Oh, wait! If they work for the state in one of those facilities, they may be protected by some other law and can’t be fired. Crazy.
Here is a little more detail on the story as written by Anders Hagstrom from The Daily Caller News Foundation:
California can now start jailing people that refuse to use the preferred gender pronouns of nursing home residents after Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill Thursday.
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 Health and Safety Code.
Known as the “LGBT Senior Bill Of Rights,” the legislation also requires nursing homes and care facilities to allow residents to use the bathroom of their choice, regardless of biological sex. The bill’s author, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, argues that religious views don’t hold weight in public areas.
“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.”
Wiener also released a statement thanking Brown for signing the bill.
“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,” Wiener wrote. “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.”
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