Glenn Youngkin, the Republican governor of Virginia just would not give in to CNN anchor Jake Tapper. The trouble-making anchor challenged the fairness of new regulations that protect the rights of parents in Younkin’s state.
It was last month that the governor issued new rules mandating that students must use bathrooms and pronouns that correspond to their biological sex. Students are also required to play on sports teams with members of their biological sex.
The rules do not exclude transgender students from l living out their identity, they just overturn the progressive rules that were instituted by Democrats and former Gov. Ralph Northam. They protect parental rights.
The previous rules directed schools to decide on a ‘case-by-case” basis whether to share information with parents regarding student issues with gender. But with the new rules transgender students can live out their gender identity at school only if their parents have formally requested it.
The new rules also emphasize protection of First Amendment rights: “The First Amendment forbids government actors to require individuals to adhere to or adopt any particular ideological beliefs. Practices such as compelling others to use preferred pronouns is premised on the ideological belief that gender is a matter of personal choice or subjective experience, not sex. Many Virginians reject this belief. Additionally, the First Amendment guarantees religious freedom and prohibits compelling others to affirm ideas that may be contrary to their personal religious beliefs.”
CNN’s Tapper just wanted to advance a fallacious argument saying that the new rules exclude people. “it sounds like you’re excluding parents that might be supportive of their child going to the bathroom or joining a sports team that is in alignment with their gender identity,” Tapper said to Youngkin.
“Certainly not. If parents actually want their child to be able to change a pronoun or their name or use a bathroom, if parents choose that, then, legally, that’s what the schools will do,” Youngkin explained.
“Parents have a fundamental right to be engaged in their children’s lives,” he said.
“And oh, by the way, children have a right to have parents engaged in their life,” Youngkin continued. “We needed to fix a wrong. The previous administration had had a policy that excluded parents and, in fact, particularly didn’t require the involvement of parents.
“Let’s be clear: Parents have this right — and children don’t belong to the state,” the governor declared.