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Randy Mancini 6 Jun 29
FILE - State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, discusses his proposed measure to provide legal refuge to displaced transgender youth and their families during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., March 17, 2022. Democratic lawmakers in more than a dozen states are following California’s lead in seeking to offer legal refuge to displaced transgender youth and their families. The coordinated effort being announced Tuesday, May 3, by the LGBTQ Victory Institute and other advocates comes in response to recent actions taken in conservative states. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

FILE – State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, discusses his proposed measure to provide legal refuge to displaced transgender youth and their families during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., March 17, 2022. Democratic lawmakers in more than a dozen states are following California’s lead in seeking to offer legal refuge to displaced transgender youth and their families. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

A California State Assembly committee passed a Senate bill that would make the state a transgender sanctuary state. The legislation passed Monday along party lines. It would provide refuge for trans youth and their parents, along with physicians who believe in so-called gender-affirming health care.

Two people gave testimonies in opposition of the bill. One included a 17-year-old girl who shared how much she regretted removing both of her breasts when she decided to medically transition at 13. Another testimony was from a lawyer and mother, Erin Friday, who said the bill is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment. She also laid out what the bill actually is.

Erin Friday, a courageous Mom and a California Attorney, testified again today in Sacramento against S.B. 107 on so-called "Gender-affirming health care" introduced by Scott Wiener.

Erin absolutely shut down the deceptive rhetoric and exposed the truth of this harmful bill. pic.twitter.com/TrVlIP6Fjn

— Kelly S. (@kellyske) June 28, 2022

The bill had its second reading and will be referred to the Appropriations Committee. If it passes out of both the Senate and Assembly, the next step would be for Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom to sign it into law.

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