Calling someone by the wrong gender pronoun could land you in a California jail.
Both houses of the California legislature have passed a controversial bill that would make it illegal to call an elderly person in a nursing home by the wrong pronoun.
According to the bill:
“This bill would enact the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term-Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights. Among other things, the bill would make it unlawful, except as specified, for any long-term care facility to take specified actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status, including, among others, willfully and repeatedly failing to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns. [Emphasis added.]”
According to sources, the law would make “misgendering” a crime punishable by a fine and up to a year in prison.
While this law only currently applies to California nursing homes, it could have terrifying implications for free speech–and, given the left’s tendency to force people to be politically correct (or else!) it’s likely they won’t stop with just this law.
The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law.