In keeping with its reputation of pioneering social madness, California has now passed legislation which eliminates the words “husband” and “wife” from state laws.
As reported in the Huffington Post,“California’s same-sex couples may now be pronounced spouse and spouse after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill [last] Monday eliminating outdated ‘husband and wife’ references from state laws.”
The Post also explained that, “Senate Bill 1306 was introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to eliminate confusion and correct discriminatory phrasing in the California Constitution that contradicts state law.”
Seriously? Referring to “spouse and spouse” rather than “husband and wife” is a way “to eliminate confusion”? And the terms of “husband and wife” are “discriminatory”?
In A Queer Thing Happened to America, I pointed out that, “In Ontario, Canada, as a result of the legalization of same-sex marriage, all references to terms like husband, wife, and widow were removed from the law books in 2005. In Spain, birth certificates were changed from ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’ to ‘Progenitor A’ and ‘Progenitor B.’”
Back in America, on January 7, 2011, the State Department announced that “The words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology,” further explaining that, “These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families.”
Improvements? Well, not to be outdone, California legislators have introduced a further “improvement.”
According to a bill passed in the Assembly May 2014 (and by a vote of 51-13, at that; it is AB 1951), a woman could be designated as the “father” on birth certificates while a man could be designated as “mother.”
What was the reason for such an insane piece of legislation? It was done to “modernize” the “definition of the family to reflect same-sex unions,” also removing “discriminatory” language.
And note again that this bill passed through the Assembly with overwhelming approval.
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.