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Burdensome AB 1856

Becky Yeh - California correspondent   (OneNewsNow.com) Monday, October 01, 2012

A California activist says new state legislation that requires parents to undergo "gender sensitivity training" is burdensome.

Under AB 1856, now signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), potential foster parents must spend 40 hours in gender sensitivity training. An "administrator of a group home facility, licensed foster parent" or an "extended family member caregiver" must now be trained on how to provide care for lesbian, "gay," bisexual or transgender children.

Thiesen, Tim (CRA)Tim Thiesen, vice president of the California Republican Assembly, says that is not what those families aim to provide for foster children.

"Those parents by and large are heterosexual with a family nucleus, and they're reaching out to raise children in an environment that was intended for us to be raised in -- with one man, one woman, marriage as defined through Scripture and our American traditions," Thiesen states.

"This is going to create a burden -- more work, more hours, more costs to the foster parents potentially, more costs to the taxpayer -- and I just absolutely disagree with this."

Supporters of the bill claim LGBT youths are often discriminated against by caregivers who do not call them by their preferred names or do not allow them to wear clothing that expresses the gender they choose. But the pro-family activist warns that it will do more harm than good.

"This is just going to destroy structured environment, structured social and family environment that these children … definitely need," he submits.

AB 1856 was written by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and supported by the homosexual rights group, Equality California.

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