A California State senator has announced the prohibiting of gender-specific pronouns during judicial committee hearings. Announcing the new rules on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee chair Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) said that “gender neutral designations” would be used from now on when addressing members.
You can watch Jackson’s remarks below:
“Our first order of business is to approve the committee rules,” said Jackson. “I’d like to note — in respecting the fact that we are now a state recognizing the non-binary designation as a gender — he and she, we are now merging them so we are using what my grammar teacher would have had a heart attack over: we are using the phrase ‘they’ and replacing other designations so it’s a gender neutral designation: ‘they.'”
“Basically, that’s the primary reforms and revisions to the committee rules,” she added, as reported by the Daily Wire. “In the spirit of gender neutrality for the rules of this committee, we now designate the chair as ‘they.'”
Jackson noted that the “world is a different place” now, adding that her grammar teacher is “long gone and we won’t be hearing from her,” before correcting herself: “— from them! From they!”
Last year, New York City joined Oregon, California, Washington and New Jersey by allowing people to opt for a non-binary option on their birth certificates. The new law came into force on Jan. 1 of this year.