California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week.
The sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun.
“It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,” he said in a statement last month.
Many people came out against the bill, with California Family Council’s Greg Burt, calling it a violation of free speech.
“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” Read more at Fox News.