A California pro-family advocate is celebrating the veto of a
bill that would have allowed more than two people to legally be
named a child's parent. As for the new protocol for opting students
out of school vaccinations, he does not consider a new bill to be a
complete defeat for parents.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says he vetoed SB 1476 because he was
"troubled by the fact that some family law specialists believe the
bill's ambiguities may have unintended consequences." He feels he
needs more time to consider the impact of the measure.
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, believes Brown made the
"This was a very easy veto," he states. "Consider the conflict
between three or four or more parents in civil court, family court,
probate court. Consider the crazy making and additional conflicts
regarding child support payments, social security payments and even
conflicts over other money matters."
The bill would have recognized same-sex "parenthood," assisted
reproduction and surrogate births. SB 1476 was introduced by
homosexual Sen. Mark Leno (D) of San Francisco, who claimed the
measure would bring the state into the 21st century.
But while some believe the governor is less concerned with
parents' personal beliefs when it comes to vaccinating their
children, Thomasson says AB 2109's passage it is not a
Parents in the state will now be required to visit a doctor or
nurse before they can opt their children out of mandated vaccines.
Thanks to the legislation, now signed by Brown, parents will be
required to sign a government form, obtain a health professional's
signature, and submit themselves to a lecture about vaccines and
diseases. The governor has assured that he will ensure the
form has a separate religious exemption.
"Governor Brown has said that on the new state form, there will
be a box for religious exemption, and you can just check that
box. That way, you don't have to get anyone else's signature.
In other words, parents will still be able to opt out their
children from risky vaccinations without making a special
appointment to see a doctor or nurse," the family advocate
explains. "So, little change in the law, if this exemption plan is
Pro-family groups were concerned that AB 2109 would force
parents to go to lengths to opt their children out of controversial
vaccines (see earlier story). But Thomasson does not
believe the passage of the bill is a defeat.
Brown says the bill ensures that parents know the "benefits and
risks" of vaccinations and their value.