California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown wasn't just busy keeping guns out of the hands of school officials this weekend, he also signed legislation Sunday formally recognizing a "third gender."
What does this mean?
The new legislation will create a third gender option — "nonbinary" — for legal items such as birth certificates, identification cards, driver's licenses, and more.
The law will not require a doctor's statement nor will it require those wishing to legally change their gender to appear in court to file legal paperwork.
The law will also provide for minors who want to change their legal genders and who have parent or guardian permission to do so.
When did this start?
California's Gender Recognition Act was proposed in January. The bill was crafted to "ensure that intersex, transgender, and nonbinary people have state-issued identification documents that provide full legal recognition of their accurate gender identity."
After several amendments, the bill passed the Senate and the Assembly in September and subsequently sent to the governor.
What are some saying about this?
The bill's co-author, Sen. Toni Atkins (D), issued the following statement to Buzzfeed on the new law:
I want to thank Gov. Brown for recognizing how difficult it can be for our transgender, nonbinary, and intersex family members, friends, and neighbors when they don’t have an ID that matches their gender presentation. The Gender Recognition Act will eliminate unnecessary stress and anxiety for many Californians, and it exemplifies the leadership role that our state continues to take in LGBTQ civil rights.
This writer's perspective
Modern society has begun to create amorphous labels that only serve to further divide in the name of "self-expression."
Frankly speaking, there is no third gender — there are two: male and female.
Even transgender people change from one gender to the other — from male to female, or from female to male — hence the term "transgender."
What's more is that no surgery or hormone therapy is required or encouraged for a male or a female to change to "nonbinary" ... because a "nonbinary" gender doesn't exist.
It's as simple as this: Your reproductive parts determine whether you are a male or a female — not a state-issued ID.