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Anti-Gay Marriage Group Targets Transgender Kids' Rights

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Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 4:59 PM

  • Colin Young-Wolff for LA Weekly
A group that tried to ban gay marriage in California is at it again. The National Organization for Marriage said today it is joining an effort to gather signatures in an attempt to put a repeal of the state's transgender equality law on the November, 2014 ballot.

See also: Transgender Equality to Become Law in California Schools.

The organization says 505,000 valid signatures of registered voters would be needed to put the matter before voters:

The law (AB 1266), introduced by state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and signed last month by Gov. Jerry Brown, basically tells school districts that kids who identify as transgender must be able to have access to the gender activities of their choice.

According to a statement from Ammiano's office, the students now must have ...

... equal access to facilities and activities like sports teams that match their gender.

The idea is to end the shame, for example, when a teen born as a boy but who now identifies as a girl wants to use the ladies' restroom at public school.

The conservative National Organization for Marriage, which announced its joining the Privacy for All Students repeal effort, says the new law goes too far. Brian Brown, the group's president:

AB1266, the co-ed bathroom law, is a horrible attempt by activists to strip society of all gender roles and uses children as a weapon in their culture war The National Organization for Marriage fully supports the efforts of the Privacy for All Students coalition to repeal this dangerous law. Opening our most vulnerable areas at school including showers, bathrooms and changing rooms to members of the opposite sex is politically-correct madness that risks the privacy and security of our children and grandchildren.

He added:

They are forcing our school children to be exposed in showers and bathrooms to members of the opposite sex who claim a 'gender identity' with that sex. This new law doesn't prevent bullying - it is bullying. It is not about protecting kids; it damages kids.

The National Organization for Marriage defended Prop. 8, the anti-same-sex-marriage law, in court.

But a Supreme Court ruling in June basically overturned the law, allowing same-sex marriage to return to the Golden State.

See also: Prop. 8 Dismissed by U.S. Supreme Court: Gay Marriage to Return to California.

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