Group: Calif. transgender law repeal will qualify
SAN FRANCISCO — Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights said on Sunday that they have collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal the law.
A coalition of conservative groups called Privacy for all Students submitted 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the November 2014 ballot, said Frank Schubert, the political strategist handling the signature-gathering effort.
To qualify, at least 505,000 valid signatures must be submitted. To verify that the signatures are real, each of California's 58 counties will check that the count is correct, then conduct a random sampling of signatures to make sure they are legitimate. It is likely the state would order a full review to ensure the integrity of the signatures.
If, after all of the reviews, the group has the requisite number of valid signatures, the initiative would qualify for the ballot.
“Many people said we had no chance to collect over half a million signatures in just 90 days, but we have proven them wrong by gathering over 115,000 more signatures than the minimum needed,” Gina Gleason of the group Faith and Public Policy, said in a statement.
California is the first state to pass a law detailing the rights of transgender K-12 students.
One of the provisions gives transgender students the choice of playing on either boys or girls sports teams. It also allows them to choose which restroom to use.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law, AB1266, in September. It goes into effect Jan. 1.
The goal of the law is to reduce discrimination against transgender students.
John O'Connor, executive director of Equality California, the organization that co-sponsored the transgender student law, said he is alarmed by the initiative effort.
“Protecting this law is our No. 1 priority, and we will put everything we've got into it,” O'Connor said, adding that he believes public opinion is opposed to discrimination against LGBT people.
The effort to repeal the law got a boost last month from the National Organization for Marriage, which organized the 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed gay marriage in California.
Schubert, who helped organize the signature push, has led successful campaigns to block same-sex marriage in Maine and North Carolina.
Supporters of the repeal effort argue the law violates the privacy of nontransgender students.
They said 400,000 of the signatures were gathered by volunteers, as opposed to 220,000 collected by paid staff.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Surge in small drones making airline pilots nervous
- Obama’s immigration actions neglect business pleas
- Fissures begin to emerge among Dems
- Test vaccine to fight Ebola promising
- Obama administration announces plan to limit smog-forming ozone
- Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has stent placed in heart artery
- Ferguson testimony filled with variations
- House ethics panel defers campaign finance investigation of New York Rep. Grimm
- Rookie Cleveland police officer acted within 2 seconds to shoot 12-year-old boy
- In Ferguson, demonstrations over black youth’s slaying by police officer peter out
- Boston airport’s ‘naked man’ remains behind bars