SACRAMENTO, Ca. (ChurchMilitant.com) - People in California can now face a one-year jail sentence if they address a senior citizen with the wrong gender pronoun.
On October 4, Jerry Brown, California's liberal-progressive governor, signed into law the LGBT Senior Bill of Rights, making it a misdemeanor violation for a staff member at "a residential care facility for the elderly" to "willfully and repeatedly" refusing "to use a transgender resident's preferred name or pronouns."
A person found in violation of the code can face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Scott Wiener, a homosexual Democrat California senator, wrote the bill, which was sponsored by LGBT activist group Equality California and received support from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Center for Transgender Equality and other LGBT activist organizations.
Facing criticism for the legislation, Wiener commented, "Everyone is entitled to their religious view. 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."
He noted, "Our LGBT seniors built the modern LGBT community and led the fight for so many of the rights our community takes for granted today," and added, "I want to thank Gov. Brown for joining our coalition in supporting this bill, which will make a real difference in people's lives."
Wiener has also authored a bill, signed into law by Brown on October 6, removing the penalty for an HIV positive person to knowingly infect another person without their permission.