California legislators have introduced a bill to pressure judges to remove kids from parents who won’t affirm their child’s self-determined trans-identity. Just this morning, the bill, AB 957, passed in the Assembly Judiciary Committee with a party-line vote; Republicans voted no, and Democrats voted yes. The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Lori Wilson (D-Livermore) introduced the bill to tell court judges to suspend their own independent judgment in custody disputes and instead “strongly consider that affirming the minor’s gender identity is in the best interest of the child.” Wilson is the only parent in the state legislature with a trans-identified child. 

The bill’s principal coauthor is Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). He authored a bill passed last year, SB 107, that gives California courts jurisdiction over any child brought to the state for trans-drugs, surgeries, or counseling even if kidnapped by a friend or a relative. 

“It is unconscionable that state legislators would try and take children from parents who believe the sex of their children is a matter of biology and not feelings, or because they want to protect their children from sterilizing drugs and mutilating surgeries,” said Greg Burt, Capitol Director for the California Family Council. “The First Amendment protects parents from losing their children because their opinions or religious beliefs are unpopular with state politicians.”

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