California Is the First US State to Legally Recognize a Third Gender

Marsha Scott
October 17, 2017

State Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, greets Sen.

Showing a libertarian streak, Brown this year blocked, yet again, bills to ban smoking in parks and beaches, legislation to enshrine Obama-era sexual harassment guidance for colleges into state law, and legislation to promote equal pay for men and women by forbidding employers to inquire about salary history.

Brown also signed a bill that will allow inmates to petition state courts for name and gender changes without approval from jails and prisons officials. "Or still yet, we may simply need to fine tune what we have", Brown wrote in his veto message.

What's more, he vetoed the bill on explicit due-process grounds. A certified birth certificate?

"While I recognize the political attractiveness-even the merits-of getting President Trump's tax returns, I worry about the political perils of individual states seeking to regulate presidential elections in this manner", he said in his veto statement.

"A qualified candidate's ability to appear on the ballot is fundamental to our democratic system". "For that reason, I hesitate to start down a road that well might lead to an ever-escalating set of differing state requirements for presidential candidates".

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California Congresswoman Anna Eshoo introduced a similar bill in the House back in June of 2016, the "Presidential Tax Transparency Act", which would have made the disclosure of federal tax returns compulsory for any presidential nominee of a major political party. The new California law essentially represents the triumph of culture over science, at least in government affairs.

Advocates for accused students had asked Brown to veto the bill, raising concern that minority and low-income students could be more likely to face discipline than white and more-privileged students - which is one issue Brown cited when vetoing the bill.

Brown had not previously indicated whether he supported the bill, which was among a batch of legislation announced just minutes before the midnight deadline for the governor to act on legislation passed by lawmakers last month.

Bill signed by Gov.

California's governor has vetoed a Donald Trump-inspired bill that would have forced presidential contenders to release their tax returns.

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