Capitol Alert: Transgender rights referendum moves to full signature count

ccadelago@sacbee.comJanuary 8, 2014 

Frank Schubert managed the successful pro-Proposition 8 campaign in 2008. He helped organize a repeal of the transgender rights bill.

BRIAN BAER — Bee file, 2008

Activists seeking to repeal a law that aims to protect transgender students will have to wait until next month to learn if their effort qualifies for the statewide ballot.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Wednesday that the referendum of Assembly Bill 1266 will move to a full count of signatures due by Feb. 24. Bowen's announcement comes after county election officials determined the repeal did not have enough valid signatures to qualify by random sample.

The full count was triggered by about 3,000 signatures. It would have needed more than 72,000 additional valid signatures to avoid another count and qualify for the ballot outright.

Privacy for All Students, the proponents of the referendum, argue the law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year would make students uncomfortable and infringe on the will of parents. They described their efforts as centering on safety and privacy. The campaign is managed by Frank Schubert, who helped lead the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.

The new law allows transgender students in public schools to join athletic teams and access facilities such as bathrooms that correspond with their gender identities. Authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, it was held up by supporters as a needed protection for students who suffer humiliation and bullying.

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