Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 22, 2023 / 14:00 pm
About 1,000 Californians rallied in front of the state capitol steps in Sacramento late Monday morning to protest a series of bills they say would take away their rights as parents.
“We need more and more people to speak up until they can’t ignore us anymore,” Erin Friday, an attorney and co-leader of the western region of the pro-family nonprofit Our Duty, said during a speech at the rally.
Speakers criticized several bills making their way through the state Legislature that they say would diminish parental authority over children in areas of education and limit a parent’s authority to raise their children in line with certain religious or moral values related to gender.
One bill, which is being considered in the Senate, would allow a minor age 12 or older to receive transgender medical services without the consent of his or her parents if the mental health professional “determines that the [parental] involvement would be inappropriate” after consulting with the child.