Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Make Official Titles Gender-Neutral
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, D., signed a bill this week to change the titles of elected officials in the state from "aldermen" and "congressman" to "aldermen" and "congressman" to include the sexes.
"We see a lot of 'hes' and 'hims'" in state laws, said the law's co-sponsor, state representative Maurice West (D).
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"And now we not only have women in office, but also people who may not identify with any gender," he added. "We want to ensure that our voting and election cycle process is inclusive for all."
The change was incorporated into Democratic Legislation, first introduced in February, which amends Illinois' electoral law to postpone the Illinois primaries to June 2022.
It comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Calif., Introduced new Congressional rules in January to remove all mentions of gender pronouns and terms such as “man”, “woman”, “mother” and “son” .
Pelosi's new rule sparked backlash from Republicans, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, who tweeted, “This is stupid. Drawn, - A father, son and brother. "
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