CA Law to Punish Stores for Not Having Gender-Neutral Toy Section
Gavin Newsom’s California is set to start the New Year by intimidating retailers with fines for not complying with the state’s law on availability of gender-neutral toys in the children’s section. Those found to violate the law can face a fine of $500.
The Assembly Bill AB-1084 was signed into law by California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2021 and it takes effect early next month. The law mandates a separate toy section for children at all major department stores in the state that sell children’s toys. On the official California Legislative Information website, the bill’s draft justifies the law as:
Keeping similar items that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys separated makes it more difficult for the consumer to compare the products and incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate.
Reporting on the issue, The New York Post cited Jonathan Keller, president of the conservative California Family Law Council, criticizing the law. He said:
“Activists and state legislators have no right to force retailers to espouse government-approved messages about gender. It’s a violation of free speech, and it’s just plain wrong.”
Liberals have largely supported the new law for breaking through what they consider gender stereotypes in children. Conservatives, on the contrary, see it as a political move to confuse children about their gender. Many conservatives, including some celebrities in the entertainment industry, have moved out of California owing to Newsom’s far-left policies. One conservative ex-resident of California, Joey Frank, responded to the news of Newsom’s law on gender-neutral toys by writing on Twitter/X that he left California because of “idiots like Newsom.”
Conservatives from outside California are also expressing concern over the government overreach into the affairs of businesses and the state’s assault on traditional values.
Sexualizing children under the banner of transgenderism has become a political mission of the liberals in recent years and California is one of the blue states aggressively pursuing this agenda. Conservative parents who oppose liberal school policies on exposure to LGBTQ material find themselves up in a fight for parental say in their children’s education. This conflict boiled up to become physical earlier this year when parents opposed to kids’ exposure to LGBTQ issues in schools clashed with liberal parents outside a school in North Hollywood where a Pride event was being held.
A similar clash at a Glendale school made headlines in May this year.
Conservative parents in California, and around the country, sum up their fight in one short line: “Leave Our Kids Alone!”