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Opponents of AB 1266: Calif. law uses children as ‘weapons in culture war’

Becky Yeh - California correspondent   (OneNewsNow.com) Friday, September 06, 2013

Proponents seeking to qualify a referendum to overturn California's “transgender bathroom bill” say they will win if they’re successful in getting it on the state ballot.

californiaAB 1266, which was signed August 12 by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, allows students to participate in sex-segregated facilities and activities based on the gender they choose. But a poll conducted by proponents of a referendum to overturn AB 1266 shows that most Californians don’t agree with the state's transgender bathroom bill. Those polled said sex-segregated activities and facitilies shouldn’t be opened to students of the opposite sex.

With that news, supporters predict they will win if they can place the referendum on the state ballot. Gina Gleason is a proponent of Privacy For All Students, the group seeking to qualify the referendum.

"AB 1266 really ignores common sense and practicalities about gender and gender differences – and I think it jepordizes the privacy and security of California students,” she tells OneNewsNow.

“It doesn't contain guidelines, standards, or any definition to allow educators to assess situations; nor does it contain any provisions to guard against the privacy and security concerns of the students who might be disturbed about sharing intimate group facilities – like showers, like changing areas and bathroom facilities – with someone of the opposite biological sex,” she adds.

Mission Public Affairs president and ballot initiative specialist Frank Schubert is advising the coalition of groups seeking a repeal of AB 1266. He includes among the bill’s “many problems” that it is poorly drafted, lacks safeguards and balance, eliminates parental involvement, and employs a “one size fits all” approach that prevents educators from choosing less-invasive solutions.

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Schubert, who has won 80 percent of the 40 statewide initiative campaigns he has managed, argues AB 1266 isn’t about protecting transgendered students at all.

“Rather, its purpose is to advance an adult political agenda by special interests who wish to use our public schools as a tool to strip gender and gender differences from societal norms,” he writes. “In the process, the privacy and security interests of all students, including those who are transgendered, are compromised.”

AB 1266, he says, essentially uses children as “weapons in a culture war.”

The new law is set to take effect January 1, 2014. Proponents of repealing it have until November to collect over 500,000 signatures. The petition can be viewed and signed online.

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