California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have pushed parents to “affirm” the gender identities of trans children, bowing to state pressure from parents and high-powered critics like Elon Musk, who He called it “absolute madness.”
“I share a deep commitment to promoting the rights of transgender Californians, an effort that has guided my decisions over many decades in public office,” the leftist governor wrote in a message issued Friday night amid an avalanche of other vetoes.
But the law, he said, would have created a new legal standard “in prescriptive terms that highlights a feature,” the Sacramento Bee reported.
The measure, Assembly Bill 957, would have ordered judges to weigh parents’ support for their children’s “gender identity or expression” when determining custody or establishing visitation rights, a change that Musk, the estranged father of a trans child, denounced him as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
“What it would actually mean is that if you disagree with the other parent about sterilizing your child, you will lose custody,” Musk said. wrote in X, formerly Twitter, when the bill passed the legislature two weeks ago. “Total madness!”
State Sen. Scott Wiener, a co-sponsor of the bill, called Newsom’s veto “a tragedy for trans children here and across the country.”
Los Angeles parents marched in the “Leave Our Children Alone” rally in August to protest state policies on gender ideology in local schools.ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA
Newsom vetoed a bill that would have ordered judges to weigh parents’ support for their children’s “gender identity or expression” when determining custody or establishing visitation rights.
But state Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, called Newsom’s rejection “a tragedy for trans kids here and across the country.”
“These children live in fear, while right-wing politicians work to remove them, deny them medical care, ban them from sports and bathrooms, and erase their humanity.” Wiener wrote.
Wiener has pushed a number of pro-trans laws in California, including the “Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act,” which critics say has allowed convicted dangerous trans women to be held in women-only prisons.