A pro-family leader calls it "insanity" that a California bill
would allow children to choose their sex and participate in school
activities according to their choice.
Assembly Bill 1266 passed out of the Senate Education Committee
June 12 on a 5-2 vote with two absentions, the Pacific
Justice Institute reported.
The bill is known as the
"bathroom bill" by its critics.
"This idea of socially constructed gender is very radical. The
kids are guinea pigs," says Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for
Truth About Homosexuality.
The proposed legislation would allow students to choose the sex
they identify with regardless of the sex listed on school records,
mixing genders in school bathrooms and on school sports teams.
"They're telling the kids that 'gender is whatever you want it
to be,' and this is recklessness," says LaBarbera. "That's not safe
for the kids, that's not proper for society. I think that this is
just public policy insanity."
The Pacific Justice Institute was allowed to testify at the
Senate hearing, where its attorney suggested that senators
de-segregate bathrooms at the state capitol before forcing schools
to do so.
The bill now heads to the full California Senate.