Youngkin criticizes bill creating a crime for parents not affirming child’s gender identity
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (right) has slammed a bill that would expose parents to child abuse charges for not ‘affirming’ their child’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
“What we have seen is a clear statement of what progressive liberals believe. They believe that if parents try to parent they should be investigated,” Youngkin said at a campaign event in Fredericksburg, Va. “We have seen Attorney General Garland outside the US government investigating parents for standing up at board meetings. We saw my opponent last year stand up and say that parents have no right to see what is being taught in the classrooms.
Governor Youngkin lambastes Guzman’s bill which was first reported by @7NewsDC
“What we have seen is a clear statement of what progressive liberals believe. They believe that if parents try to parent they should be investigated.
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As Breitbart News reported, the bill was introduced by Virginia State Elizabeth Guzman (D) and would expand the definition of child abuse to include parents who are unwilling to “affirm” the gender identity or declared sexual orientation of their child.
She said a Child Protective Services investigation would result in a felony or misdemeanor charge for the parents, further adding: ‘We know the CPS charge could hurt your job, could hurt their education, as many people these days search the CPS database before offering a job. .”
“She [Del. Guzman]actually talked to them [Democrats] truth,” Youngkin continued. “And now they are trying to go back. It is the transparency of progressive liberal democrats of what they believe. And now they’re trying to go back because they don’t want anyone to know again.
“Parents should have the primary role in the lives of their children. It is their education. It’s their health. It is their education. It is their well-being,” he continued. “And that’s why I believe we have such momentum for so many things that we do, but on top of that why I think in November, again, voters, not just Republicans, but voters will stand up and send a very clear message.
Guzman’s bill has faced bipartisan criticism, with Virginia House Minority Leader Don Scott (D) saying it will not go ahead with the legislation and U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), who is in a very tight race, told Breitbart News, “I don’t support this legislation, and it doesn’t have a way forward in the General Assembly. It is unclear how this bill actually intends to help transgender children and their families, which is what we should be focusing on.
Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.