California Democrats this week blocked a hearing for a bill that would require schools to inform parents if their children begin using different pronouns, claiming debate over the bill would “provide a forum for increasingly hateful rhetoric.”
Assembly Education Committee chair Al Muratsuchi (D.) on Monday confirmed that the committee will not take up Assembly Bill 1314, which would have required teachers and administrators to inform parents within three days if their children asked to be treated as a member of the opposite sex.
“I will not be setting AB 1314 for a hearing, not only because the bill is proposing bad policy, but also because a hearing would potentially provide a forum for increasingly hateful rhetoric targeting LGBTQ youth,” the assemblyman said. Without debate, the bill cannot get a vote unless a legislative majority asks for one—a highly improbable event in the Democratic supermajority.
In a joint statement with the state legislature’s LGBTQ Caucus, Muratsuchi said he was blocking the bill to ensure “gender identity conversations between parents and their children” occur “in a safe and private space.”
Muratsuchi’s claim comes as state Democrats work to allow children to get sex change procedures without any parental consent. Last year, the legislature passed a law to make California a “haven” for youth around the country who want medical sex changes. This session, Democrats are pushing a bill that would let schools check minors into group homes without parental knowledge if the students claim their parents don’t support their identify. Other states, including Oregon and Colorado, have instituted similar policies.
AB 1314 would have countered guidance from the California Department of Education, which pushed teachers to keep children’s “gender identities” secret after following the passage of a 2013 law that allows students to play on sports teams and use restrooms based on their preferred “gender identity….”
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