California lawmakers took time out from struggling with their already behind and underwater budgets and flawed approach to immigration to focus on something truly important – the number of genders offered on their passports.
As the nation reacts in fear of Coronavirus, Democratic caucuses and primaries take place across the nation. All this comes as Californians continue to struggle with soaring taxes and costs, legislators decided to focus on gender instead of the ongoing problems.
Last week, the state announced legislation that if passed, would change the way United States passports look – introducing a gender option beyond male or female. The bill was introduced by Democratic lawmaker Ro Khanna. If passed, it would require not just the state of California, but the federal government to comply as well. Under this new bill, the United States Department of State would need to add a third option for gender – “gender neutral” in addition to male and female.
“Respecting every American’s gender must extend to travel abroad. The freedom to move and express yourself no matter what should be guaranteed in this country … Everyone in this country should have the freedom to express their preferred gender on passports.” Khanna said about the passport initiative.
Under current law, United States passport applications are required to have a gender selected — and the choices are male or female. If the application is submitted without any designation, then the application is returned for revision. If both genders are selected, the application is returned as well. The new proposed legislation would allow for the third option and eliminate the need to reject or revise applications.
“Without a doubt, we have further to go to achieve full equality for LGBT(Q) individuals,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), vice-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus and member of the Transgender Equality Task Force said about the latest proposal. “But each act of openness and acceptance is an important step towards true equality for everyone.”
Beyond the obvious science, adding a third gender option to the United States passport triggers other problems. Woke leftists have long insisted there are not just two — or even three — genders, but that there are literally dozens of options for gender. What happens when the people who identify as one of the other 30 or so genders some activists insist exist want to have specific designations on passports, too? Will the application process and end results change every time someone declares they are a new gender, or wants something specific?
In trying to pander to the LBTQ crowd on this issue, the California legislature could end up with more complaints than they anticipated — from the very individuals that they were hoping to help in the first place.