State delegate Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA) announced that she is pursuing legislation that would hold parents criminally liable for not affirming their child’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
Virginia Dem lawmaker wants parents to face criminal charges if they refuse to affirm a child's sexual orientation and gender identity https://t.co/wdOFCsccnM
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Guzman plans to introduce the bill during the upcoming legislative session in response to Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s new rules regulating transgender students.
In September, Youngkin issued a new set of rules to bolster parental rights, a key issue in the state’s governor race. The rules state that students must use bathrooms in accordance with their biological sex. Students are only allowed to play on sports teams and use pronouns that correspond with their biological sex as well.
Guzman stated that she hatched the plan to implement competing legislation when she heard about Youngkin’s new rules.
“The day that Governor Youngkin wanted to implement this policy, I immediately texted the policy lead of that committee and said, this is how we’re going to push back,” Guzman stated. “It could be a felony, it could be a misdemeanor, but we know that a CPS charge could harm your employment, could harm their education, because nowadays many people do a CPS database search before offering employment.”
Reports asked Guzman about the possibility of her bill conflicting with the religious freedom of parents, and she seemed undeterred.
“The Bible says to accept everyone for who they are,” she responded. “So that’s what I tell them when they asked me that question, and that’s what I will continue to tell people.”
When asked how such a bill would be enforced, Guzman said that when a child reports any type of abuse, the official alerts Child Protective Services and an investigation begins to see if a criminal charge is warranted.
“If the child shares with those mandated reporters what they are going through, we are talking about not only physical abuse or mental abuse, what the job of that mandated reporter is to inform Child Protective Services,” Guzman detailed. “And then that’s how everybody gets involved.”
“There’s also an investigation in place that is not only from a social worker but there’s also a police investigation before we make the decision that there is going to be a CPS charge,” she added.