Court Says Law Mandating Trans Pronouns Violates Freedom of Speech

A California appellate court ruled that a provision in a state law is violating First Amendment rights. The provision passed four years ago mandates that certain health care workers use transgender pronouns.

The ruling from California’s Third District Court of Appeal impacts SB 219. It forced nursing home workers to use preferred transgender pronouns and names for patients. Violators of the law “could be charged with a misdemeanor and subject to punishment of a $1000 fine, or even up to one year in jail.”

The Washington Blade writes, “The Court, in a unanimous 3-0 decision, struck down this key provision of the LGBTQ Long-Term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights, created by SB 219 in 2017, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by Equality California. The Court upheld the provision in the law that requires nursing homes to place transgender patients in rooms that match their gender identity.”

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