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Opponents of Calif. transgender law say they will qualify for ballot initiative

Effort to repeal law boosted by involvement from National Organization for Marriage and anti-gay marriage operative Frank Schubert
Sunday, November 10, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights said Sunday that they had 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.

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Karen England, executive director of the California Resource Institute, left, and volunteers Grace LeFever, center, and Christina Hill, sort through stacks of mail with petitions for a referendum to overturn a new California law that allows transgender students to chose which public school restrooms they use.

To qualify, at least 505,000 valid signatures must be submitted. To verify the signatures, each of California’s 58 counties will first check that the overall count is correct, then conduct a random sampling to make sure they are legitimate. After that, it is likely the state would order a full review.

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 that want 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 was alarmed by the initiative effort.

“Protecting this law is our number one priority, and we will put everything we’ve got into it,” O’Connor said, adding that he believes public opinion is opposed to discrimin ation against LGBT people.

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The effort to repeal the law got a boost last month when the National Organization for Marriage, which organized the 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed gay marriage in California, joined the effort.

Schubert, who helped organize the signature push, previously 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 non-transgender students.

They said 400,000 of the signatures gathered were done by volunteers, as opposed to 220,000 collected by paid staff.

“It shows the degree of opposition that exists to opening the most vulnerable areas of public schools to the opposite sex,” Karen England of Capitol Resources Institute, a coalition member, said in a statement.

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39 more reader comments:

  1. There shouldn’t even be a fight. These loons need to bug off from us.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:43am
  2. Did they really? Damn!

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:43am
  3. who cares if they have enough signatures,this is america,land of the free,that should not matter in this case.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:45am
  4. We are not asking for special treatment, just equal rights.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:46am
  5. bless there hearts lol

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:46am
  6. It’s seems some California voters never learn. They will now waste an enormous amount of the State’s money on a law that is just as certain to be struck down by the courts as Proposition 8 was, and all to promote an agenda of hatred of what they don’t understand. What a sad, sad bunch of people they are.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:47am
  7. More power to you.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:47am
  8. These fn idiots need to get a life. If they were happier in their own life they wouldn’t fuck with ours.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:58am
  9. We need to stop allowing people to vote on rights. No.. just no. You afford the rights and your defend those rights. The bigots and haters just get to pout!

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:58am
  10. Go for it. They will fail. What a total waste of time and money.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:59am
  11. MANY INITIATIVES AND CAMPAIGNS fail in the US...however we must continue until all civil are won...California marriage would have never happened if they had given up with APATHY and given way to Prop 8....BRAVO CALIFORNIA...Let's not forget the T in LGBTQ....They are not a just a letter in an acronym to secure votes for others...BRAVO CALIFORNIA

    Replied on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:00am
  12. What a bunch of dirty little fuckshits! Why are they so concerned with children’s genitals???

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:03am
  13. Who are these people who so passionately hate what they don’t understand?

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:05am
  14. I live in california and yess im.only 19 but if this shit hits the polls in 2014 best belive imma do my best this crap dosent end up like prop 8

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:07am
  15. I just don’t understand people who spend their time and hate and energy in attempting to deny rights.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:21am
  16. I wonder how many false signatures they collected just to get it on the ballot?

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:22am
  17. Hate is rampant in America and discrimination time for people to organize mobilize and remove a tyrant regime that imposes laws that promote discrimination.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:25am
  18. Hate is rampent, always has been always will me... first it was native americans, the red coats the black people, lgbt we are in a land of hate because the land is full of people and people hate.

    Replied on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2:35am
  19. look at the happy haters

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:53am
  20. Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2:16am
  21. When the white folk were the majority the majority of the majority were against the freedom of the black people. Because the majority or many are against or for something does that make them right? no, these people are the ones against other people like the whites against blacks or other races. They are wrong.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2:33am
  22. 5 bucks says that a good amount of those signatures are fake… not because they put them on their but because other people laughed when they told them what it was for and said yes and faked a name just for kicks

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2:38am
  23. Might as well strike down all the other trans rights items as well we’ve had over the years. Let’s repeal the birth certificate bill requirements now, why not strike down the change of process for social security or even laws that allow us to change our driver’s license gender, the requirements for a legal name change, get rid of Contra Costa’s county wide bathroom rights and just flat out deny any and all medical treatment for transpeople. Let’s just vote to make transgender a mental psychosis once again, why not! Why stop there, let’s just bring it back to the “good” old days and flat out make trans illegal. Why just attack students? Let’s attack the whole trans community and population, cause really I want to be oppressed like the transwomen and transmen were before me. Cause you might as well opponents. Attack some of us and you’ll attack all of us.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 4:49am
  24. That’s absolutely disgusting. We should all pool together a nation wide ballot against these bastards.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8:11am
  25. Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:05pm
  26. Only people not disliked by the majority are entitled to rights .

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 3:57pm
  27. The California ballot initiative process was put in place to keep state government from being corrupted. I’m sick of these hate groups using it to torment innocent people and special interest groups who use it to impose financial burdens on taxpayers for benefits only a select few reap.

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:29pm
  28. Demcracy is a great thing!!! Good luck!

    Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:42pm
  29. IF enough are found to be valid ( which remains to be seen ) it would go on the ballot. Time will tell.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 12:28am
  30. hello it is called human rights

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:13am
  31. i have the most beautiful girl friend i hope when im 18 i can marry her

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 12:35pm
  32. Hate mongers…….

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:34pm
  33. Kiss

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:39pm
  34. What a waste of energy. Don’t they have something better to do?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:45pm
  35. Haven’t these assholes learned anythibg

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:46pm
  36. judgmental asshats…..

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:54pm
  37. Even if they do qualify it’s not going to pass. This is California motherfucker

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:43pm
  38. Add me!! Need to get to know more people

    Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:59pm
  39. They really need to qualify for a substantial slap across the face. Hateful, evil morons.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:37am