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In August of this year, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1266 which added the following words to the California Education Code:
“(f) A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”
Alarmed by the push to give special rights to those who identify as transgender, Californians who care about the rights of all students quickly organized to fight back:
Republican Frank Schubert, the veteran strategist behind Prop. 8, says the signature-gathering effort to repeal a controversial law regarding transgender student services is “exploding” around California.
Schubert, who is in charge of the referendum effort to repeal the transgender bill, said in an email Thursday that 300 churches have been added to the signature-gathering drive in the last week alone. That brings the total to 750 statewide now engaged in the effort by a coalition called Privacy for All Students that’s circulating petitions to repeal AB 1266, he said.
Supporters who have joined in the fight include the National Organization for Marriage California, as well as the California Republican Party:
The National Organization for Marriage California (NOM) today announced that it has joined in the fight to repeal California’s first-in-the-nation co-ed bathroom law, AB 1266. NOM is urging its members in California to assist in the effort to gather the nearly 505,000 required voter signatures to place the repeal on the November 2014 ballot, suspending the law until Californians can vote to reject it.
[from same website]
At its recently concluded convention in Anaheim, the California Republican Party voted to officially support the referendum to overturn AB 1266 – the co-ed bathroom bill – underscoring their support for privacy and safety for all students in California’s public schools.
Anyone interested in gathering petition signatures will find all the help they need at Privacy For All Students.