No circumcision bans in California, so says the governor.
California’s governor has signed a bill that that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcision.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced Sunday that the Democrat signed AB768, a bill written in response to a ballot measure proposed in San Francisco.
I’m not particularly militant either way, but circumcision is definitely a weird holdover from darker times (though the hangups and Puritanical fears about human genitals in modern day America aren’t much of an improvement).
Legislation gets constitutionally sketchy, however, when it comes to regulating religious traditions, no matter how bizarre. I’m not sure there are many politicians who are willing to tell Jews and Muslims that they’re unable to continue an ages-old ritual — nor would the Constitution allow them to get away with such a thing. Jerry Brown didn’t really have a choice here.