Law-makers in the Canadian province of Ontario have passed a bill [Bill 89, Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017 – Editor] that empowers authorities to take children away from parents who refuse to recognize the gender identity chosen by their children, the RT channel reports on June 7.
Of the 86 legislators of the province of Ontario, 63 approved the bill.
The new law includes such concepts as “gender identity” and “gender expression” as factors that must be taken into consideration by child protective services “in the interests of the child”.
The law deprives parents of their right to raise their children according to their vision of morals and family values, and it also bans religious upbringing.
The bill was proposed by the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Michael Coteau, who believes that family upbringing is abuse against a child whose “gender identity” does not meet his or her parents’ beliefs.
Opponents of the law have launched an online petition urging the authorities to revoke the new law which they find “totalitarian”. The petition has been supported by 7,000 signatories.
Since the 1980s, the concept of gender identity, as a person’s perception of being male of female, has been proposed in the framework of the social identity theory. According to this theory, gender identity is a component of social identity along with ethnic, age, professional, and national identity. Members of the LGBT community and their lobby groups use this concept in their interests; they believe that traditional upbringing deforms a child whose gender identity is not the same as his or her sex.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency