Newsom Vetoes Controversial Gender-Identity Bill in California

Deviating from his past legislative support of transgender youth in California, Democratic governor Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have required parents to demonstrate affirmation of their child’s gender identity in custody court battles.

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Under California Bill AB957, judges would have been legally obligated to specifically consider whether parents have affirmed their child’s gender identity or gender expression in determining “the health, safety, and welfare of the child.” The California State Assembly passed the bill along strictly party lines earlier this month, hoping to advance transgender rights in the state.

Newsom said in a statement late Friday night he appreciates “the passion and values” of Democratic assembly member Lori Wilson for authoring the bill but disclosed he couldn’t sign it.

“I share a deep commitment to advancing the rights of transgender Californians, an effort that has guided my decisions through many decades in public office,” Newsom wrote.

“That said, I urge caution when the Executive and Legislative branches of state government attempt to dictate – in prescriptive terms that single out one characteristic – legal standards for the Judicial branch to apply,” he added. “Other-minded elected officials, in California and other states, could very well use this strategy to diminish the civil rights of vulnerable communities.”

Nonetheless, the California governor noted judges are still “required to consider a child’s health, safety, and welfare” in the context of their gender identity when hearing out parents in child custody cases, even if the bill wasn’t signed.

“Moreover, a court, under existing law, is required to consider a child’s health,
safety, and welfare when determining the best interests of a child in these
proceedings, including the parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity,” he concluded.

Following the governor’s veto, Wilson expressed her disappointment with the decision.

“I am extremely disappointed. I know the Governor’s record. He’s been a champion for the LGBTQ+ community for years and even before it was popular to do so,” Wilson said in a statement. “However, on this point, the Governor and I disagree on the best way to protect [Transgender, Gender-Diverse and Intersex] kids.”

She added her bill was intended “to give [the trans community] a voice, particularly in the family court system where a non-affirming parent could have a detrimental impact on the mental health and well-being of a child.”

Democratic state senator Scott Wiener, who co-authored the bill, also called out Newsom for rejecting it.

“This veto is a tragedy for trans kids here & around the country,” Wiener posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “These kids are living in fear, with right wing politicians working to out them, deny them health care, ban them from sports & restrooms & erase their humanity. CA needs to unequivocally stand with these kids.”

“Governor Newsom has been such a staunch ally to the LGBTQ community. A true champion. Respectfully, however, this veto is a mistake,” he continued.

Click here to read the full article in the National Review


  1. A tragedy for transgender kids? Newsom just SIGNED a dozen bills relating to LGBTQIA+ issues. But I’m glad he did not sign that one requiring parents to affirm that a kid’s gender is something other than the one he/she was born with, just because the kid “feels” like another sex. Preteen and teen kids are so hyped up with hormones they are malleable and shouldn’t be forced down one road or the other by anybody.

  2. about time this communist clown did something right. Now let’s see if he can maybe try and fix this miserable state he totally ruined

  3. Yep He’s gearing up for his presidential bid so that people won’t think he’s so bad. But watch out. he’ll be worse than the current administration.

  4. Don’t get excited about this folks. He only vetoed it because he didn’t want anyone to bring it up when he runs for President. Once he is president he’ll start signing crap like this again and take away your constitutional rights — one by one — by executive order.

  5. Who thinks that a far left liberal State government that is FAILING at almost everything they do is capable of doing a better job raising children than their own parents? Let’s take a vote.
    Dysphoria is a job for qualified mental health professionals, NOT fodder for power mad Marxist revolutionaries.

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