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June 13, 2013 Print

California Dreamin’

by Jeff Johnston

The California Legislature has left truth and reality. It’s as if Fantasyland moved from Disneyland up to Sacramento, as legislators attempt to remake the world according to their own imagination. Although there are many examples I could point to, let me just give you three.

Let’s pretend gender doesn’t matter.

Here’s what AB 1266 says:

A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.

So a boy, who wants to be a girl or who believes he is a girl, will be able to compete on a girl’s athletic team and use the girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms.  It doesn’t matter what the girls on the team think about changing in the locker room with a biological male.

The reality is that humans are born male or female. At birth we don’t “assign” sex to a child arbitrarily, as the analysis of this bill implies. We recognize the child’s sex – it is a physical reality. But in the world of this bill, that reality doesn’t matter. Like Cinderella in a fantasy world, a person may choose or change his sex, saying, “I can be whatever I want to be.”  

The bill has passed the Assembly and is moving toward passage in the Senate.

Let’s pretend there is no First Amendment.

SB 323 would punish non-profit groups – including “non-profit educational institutions” by taking away tax-exemptions if they “discriminate” on the basis of “gender identity” or “sexual orientation.” That means penalizing groups that uphold God’s design for sexuality, marriage and family.

The measure specifically lists groups like Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and it’s clear that the measure was designed to punish the Scouts and other groups that have Christian views about marriage and sexuality.  The bill would also impact faith-based schools.

Forget the First Amendment, with its guarantees of free speech, religion and assembly.  This bill has passed the Senate and is making its way through the Assembly.

Let’s pretend same-sex couples can get pregnant.

AB 460 is a bill in the California legislature that requires insurance companies, if they offer coverage for infertility, to provide it “without discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, domestic partner status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.”

While the inclusion of “age” could also be a problem, it’s with the inclusion of “sexual orientation” that this piece of legislation enters the realm of unreality. The bill defines infertility two ways: it is the presence of a recognized condition or it is the inability to conceive after one year of regular sexual relations without contraception. So if a same-sex couple doesn’t get pregnant after a year of sexual relations, they would be eligible for insurance-paid fertility treatment.

The analysis provided by the assembly notes that insurance companies typically treat a couple as a “unit” when dealing with infertility. Perhaps that’s because the laws of nature and nature’s God decided that for the purposes of procreation, a man and a woman are required. As Robert P. George writes, our bodies are complete when it comes to all other biological functions, such as breathing and digestion, “But individual adults are naturally incomplete with respect to one biological function: sexual reproduction.”

Same-sex sexual activity is of a different kind than male-female sex, but the California Legislature chooses to ignore reality. The bill has already passed the Assembly and is moving forward in the Senate.

For more information on these bills, and other California legislative fantasies, check out California Family Alliance


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