The Buzz: Group tries to kill new transgender rights law
08/20/2013 12:00 AM
08/20/2013 10:42 AM
Opponents of a new law allowing transgender students to use the school facilities reflecting their gender identity have submitted a referendum to nix the law.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1266 last week, angering opponents. They said the law, written by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, would undermine parental choice and cause discomfort for students. Republicans denounced the move on social media, and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, said he would pull his children from public school.
On Friday, some of those detractors filed a referendum to overturn the law, which they have dubbed the "the co-ed bathroom bill."
"We respect that some students are struggling with their own sexual identity, but we ask for respect for the other students who will be humiliated when a boy walks into the (girls') locker room," said Karen England, who is executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute. "This is a privacy issue, a safety issue, and a common-sense issue."
In response, the executive director of Equality California, one of the sponsors of AB 1266, issued a statement dismissing the referendum as "a predictable move by fringe groups that oppose all pro-equality measures."
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