Planning on being a criminal and want to make it harder for police to identify you? Just claim your 'gender neutral' on the driver's license application. SB179, the bill allowing the gender neutral option, was signed into law late Sunday night before the deadline by Governor Jerry Brown.
Basically, if you don't identify solely as male or female, the measure will allow you to put 'non-binary' on your driver's license. In the moments leading up to Sunday nights deadline, Governor Brown vetoed three other bills that looked to advance protections for women, instead opting to sign a measure that provided extra funding to public parks.
Now that SB179 has been signed, the state takes another step closer to Oregon who also allows a gender-neutral option on driver's licenses and state identification cards. SB179 also makes it easier to change your name and gender on other official documents like birth certificates making it more difficult on police.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Muslim woman awarded $85,000 after her hijab was forcibly removed by Long Beach police officer <a href="https://t.co/fPzrYklBq2">https://t.co/fPzrYklBq2</a></p>— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/latimes/status/896029743119826946?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The change SB179 brings is reminiscent of a recent lawsuit by a Muslim woman who won $85,000 from the state of California after a police officer physically removed her burka, something which she argued in court showed parts of her body her religion does not allow.
The push for the rights of the very small percent to outweigh the safety of the majority is getting out of a hand. A woman's burka could hide controband or even weapons. Likewise, a dangerous criminal may be going around as the man he is but all police have in the system is an identification card that says he's a 5'7" 90 pound blonde girl and a birth certificate that says he's a girl.
The whole thing is very bizarre and it feels like SB179 is going to be one of those things that we look back on and say that really got the ball rolling. One day soon you may be jailed for not calling a man 'a she' because that's what he wants.
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