Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician and businessman who is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 49th lieutenant governor of California from 2011 to 2019 and as the 42nd mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.
Gavin Newsom received rare support from conservatives after he vetoed a bill that would require state courts to consider affirmation of a child's gender identity in custody battles.Newsom, a Democrat, this week rejected the bill that would have required judges to consider whether parents affirm their child's gender identity when making decisions about custody and visitation proceedings.
The bill comes as transgender rights remain a contentious issue between Democrats, who tend to support expanding rights for members of the LGBTQ+ community, and Republicans, who are often against expanding transgender rights.The governor explained his veto in a letter to California's state assembly, noting that he appreciates "the passion and values that led the author to introduce this bill" and that he shares "a deep commitment to advancing the rights of transgender Californians.""That said, I urge caution when the Executive and Legislative branches of state government attempt to dictate—in prescriptive terms that single out one characteristic—legal standards for the Judicial branch to apply.
Other-minded elected officials, in California and other states, could very well use this strategy to diminish the civil rights of vulnerable communities," he wrote, adding that courts already may consider gender identity when making these decisions.The veto drew condemnation for advocates of LGBTQ+ rights but support from conservatives, who rarely find common ground with Newsom, a politician frequently called one of the most progressive governors in the country.Representative Doug LaMalfa, a California Republican, wrote in a post to X (formerly Twitter): "AB 957 was so egregious even Governor Newsom realized how crazy it was.
Vetoing this was the right move."AB 957 was so egregious even Governor Newsom realized how crazy it was. Vetoing this was the right move.