California’s state senate passed a bill the California state senate that could potentially throw people to prison if they refuse to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun, The Daily Caller reports.
Currently, the legislation is limited to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities and penalizes those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” with a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail, according to the California Heath and Safety code.
California’s Democrat-dominated senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May.
The measure, titled the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents Bill of Rights,” is now moving through the General Assembly, which held its first hearing on the bill Wednesday.
The legislation also requires care facilities and nursing homes to allow residents to use their preferred toilet, regardless of biological sex.
“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” said Greg Burt of the California Family Council in his testimony in July.
The bill is just one of many gender discrimination bills moving through California’s legislature this summer.