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Transgender Legislation

As an individual citizen and human being, I believe in treating other people the same way I would like to be treated. In fact I feel called to love my neighbor as myself.  However, public policy must balance the interests of all people and the supreme policies of our country such as the Bill of Rights.

I enjoy music created by artists that identify as transgender.  I do business with people that identify as transgender.  I believe that American adults have many rights to dress however they want to dress and portray whatever public image they choose to portray.  I will defend their rights to do so up to certain limitations.

I oppose the provisions of AB-2119 that empower the state to pay for gender change surgery and hormone treatments.

I reject biological males being allowed to compete as females in any state sponsored athletics.

I support a business owners rights to decline to employ people who identify as transgender in child care or other instances where they have legitimate concerns about customers objecting.

I do not believe in any legal restrictions on biological male children whose parents consent to them dressing in the manner more common to females or vice versa.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of a person's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  I do not agree that people who choose to identify as a gender that does not match their biological gender are inherently entitled in all cases to the same civil rights protections we give to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

I believe it should be illegal for a doctor to prescribe sex change hormones to a minor.  I believe it should be illegal for a doctor to perform sex change surgery on a minor.

If I have a personal relationship with someone who identifies and transgender and that person has asked me to refer to them without using she/he/her/him, I will do that to the best of my ability.  I will strongly oppose any legislation that legally requires teachers or employers to do so.