Opponents of Gender-Identity Law Mount Petition Drive
Wetzstein, Cheryl, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Petitions are pouring in to block a new California law that opponents say will give boys the right to use girls' bathrooms and showers.
If sufficient petitions are turned in Nov. 8 and verified, the new law, AB 1266, will be suspended until voters can decide whether to keep it or not in the November 2014 election. If the petition effort fails, the new law goes into effect Jan. 1.
Some 505,000 signatures are needed, and the campaign is on track to be successful, said Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute.
Ms. England declined to say exactly how many signatures had been collected, but when asked Friday whether she and other leaders of Privacy for All Students expect to have a positive announcement, Ms. England replied, Absolutely.
The mail-in petitions are pouring in, she said. We are processing them as fast as we can.
The coalition's previously announced goal was to gather between 650,000 to 700,000 signatures by this Wednesday. Churches, civic groups and signature-gatherers, both paid and unpaid, were going to be active over the weekend, Ms. England said.
The Privacy for All Students coalition opposes the law because it believes it would force school officials to permit children and teens to decide - without evidence - which gender they perceive themselves to be, and to use restrooms, lockers, showers and facilities and join teams and activities that fit that gender.
Imagine your daughter or granddaughter having a share a shower with a male student. All the male student has to do is claim a female gender identity, and AB 1266 gives him the absolute right to shower with female students, the campaign says.
Under current law, transgender children and their families take steps to assert their preferred gender identity, and school districts - which must accommodate those identities in some capacity - craft plans with the parents and children to handle issues related to sex-segregated rooms and programs, Ms. …