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California state Senate Judiciary Chair Hannah-Beth Jackson

SACRAMENTO, California, January 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The California legislature is recognizing a “non-binary designation as a gender” and banning the use of “he” and “she” in hearings, state Senate Judiciary Chair Hannah-Beth Jackson said last Thursday.

Jackson, of Santa Barbara, said, “We are using the phrase ‘they’ and replacing other designations so that it’s a gender neutral designation of they. Basically, that’s the primary reforms and revisions to the committee rules.”

However, during Senate hearing, Jackson failed to adhere to the newly imposed rules when she referred to her elementary-school grammar teacher as “her” instead of “them.”

“We are using what my grammar teacher would have heart attack over. We are using the phrase they. My grammar teacher’s long gone. And I won’t be hearing from her.”

Jackson was then interrupted by listeners who corrected her usage and demanded that she use the words they or them.

“Basically, that’s the primary reforms and revisions to the committee rules,” she added. “In the spirit of gender neutrality for the rules of this committee, we now designate the chair as ‘they.'”

On January 1, New York City joined California, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington in allowing people to designate a non-binary gender option on their birth certificates.

Reacting to the Democrat’s pro-LGBT actions, Spiked Online editor Brendan O’Neill said the policy is “crazy.” He told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that “It really shows how far the politically correct lobby are willing to go in terms of policing language.”

O’Neill went on to say, “They now want to control not just hateful language and racist language, which we all agree is a bad thing, but everyday speech. He and she. The words that people use all the time in everyday conversation to describe men and women. They want to dig down so far into how we speak and ultimately into how we think, that they are willing to ban the most common words in the English language.”

“There is kind of transgender extremism at the moment. Now I’m fully in favor of trans rights … But there is this kind of trans-extremism which presumes that anyone who uses words like he or she is being disrespectful to trans-people or disrespectful to non-binary people,” O’Neill said, predicting that the practice will spread. He cited the example of the United Kingdom where, he said, feminists who have criticized transgender politics have been “hounded and harassed and their meetings are closed down, simply because they think we should still have the right to talk about men and women.”