Have you ever wanted to call Caitlyn Jenner, ‘Bruce Jenner’? Well, now in California, you can actually go to jail for doing something like that. Seriously. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the “LGBT Senior Bill Of Rights.” This has a law that will allow up to a year of prison time for people who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns.”
The author of the bill Sen. Scott Weiner attacked religious freedom. According to him, religious freedom stops applying when you leave your house. “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,” said Weiner.
Weiner released a statement after Brown signed the bill into law. “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,” he wrote.
The transgender rule currently only applies to nursing homes. But it is only a matter of time before it will apply to the public. You can see the bill for yourself here.