Democrat legislators in Virginia plan to introduce a bill that would allow parents who do not affirm their child’s “gender identity” to be criminally prosecuted.
Democrat Elizabeth Guzman plans to introduce the bill to “push back.” The bill will expand the state’s definition of child abuse and neglect to include parents who do not affirm their child’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
“There’s an investigation also in place that is not only, you know, from a social worker, but there’s also a police investigation before we make the decision that there’s going to be a CPS charge,” Guzman said.
When asked about penalties, Guzman said there first has to be an investigation, and speculated it could be a felony or a misdemeanor.
“But we know that a CPS charge could harm your employment, could harm your education,” Guzman said.
There was a bill introduced in 2000 addressing the issue. It is expected to be re-introduced.