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Group trying to overturn Calif. transgender students’ rights law files suit

Friday, December 20, 2013

Groups trying to overturn a new California law allowing transgender students to choose public school restrooms and sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders have filed a lawsuit claiming state officials are unfairly refusing to count signatures seeking a referendum.

Sacramento-based Privacy For All Students, a coalition of conservative groups, filed the lawsuit Thursday against the secretary of state and two counties.

LGBT students rightsIt says a courier delivered signatures collected in Tulare ahead of a deadline of Sunday, Nov. 10, but offices were closed early before the three-day Veterans Day weekend.

In Mono County, a courier dropped the signatures in a county mail slot a day before the deadline, but workers did not return to their jobs until the deadline had passed, according to the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs say the secretary of state’s office is refusing to validate the signatures from the two counties.

The secretary of state’s office did not immediately return phone calls on Friday seeking comment.

Opponents of the law that goes into effect on Jan. 1 said they have collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal it. Counties, however, were still reviewing the signatures.

The state previously said an early random sampling from counties via the secretary of state’s office found only 77 percent of the signatures qualifying.

The coalition submitted 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the November 2014 ballot, said Frank Schubert, political strategist handling the signature gathering effort.

To qualify, at least 505,000 valid signatures of registered voters must be verified through a random sampling. After that, it is likely the state would order a full review before the measure could be place on a ballot.

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California is the first state to pass a law allowing such choices by transgender K-12 students.

One provision gives them t he choice of playing on boys or girls sports teams. It also allows them to choose which restroom they use.

Opponents say the law would violate the privacy of the majority of students and some might try to claim to be another gender simply to gain access to bathrooms.

School officials say decisions would be made under careful scrutiny involving parents, counselors, teachers, staff and the student.

The goal of the law is to reduce discrimination against transgender students.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. I hope they succeed. I am all for supporting my fellow LGBTQ’ers.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:49am
  2. ..You hope the anti-trans rights group succeeds..? What?

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:52am
  3. No, I hope that the transgender students win...So confuzzled.

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:55am
  4. The main subject of the post is the anti-trans group itself, so it wasn't clear who you were supporting.

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:57am
  5. Sorry For The Confusion, But No, I Am In Full Support Of The Transgender Students Getting Their Rights, As A Bisexual Teenager, Who Has A Transgender Friend, I Am All For Them

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:59am
  6. You honestly think they still have the signatures? They’ve probably been trashed. So sorry… not!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:50am
  7. Keep Fighting For Human Rights!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:52am
  8. Apparently, PJI didn’t realize that Veteran’s Day was a holiday.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:52am
  9. Russell Charles I think Markeith Lawrence did not read the article correctly.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:54am
  10. Screw That Right Wing Group Of Hater’s…My Fellow Trans Sister’s & Brother’s Deserve Their Equality When They Are Attendin’ Our State’s Institution’s Of High Learnin’…I’m A Proud And Out Trans-Woman…And We In The Transgender Community As A Whole Deserve Our Equality…Wether We Are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Or Straight…It’s All About Gender Equality…!!!.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:54am
  11. If it does make it to court I hope the law gets upheld.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:59am
  12. Fucking people

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:02am
  13. some people are just so selfish. :/

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:07am
  14. assholes

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:27am
  15. you lost my support

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:01am
  16. Wow, they can’t get enough real signatures to get their little 8″x11″ piece of paper the consideration needed to go up for vote and they’re butthurt over it so they’re clogging up our legal system with their whines? Excuse me, but do they want some cheese as well? California offers quite a lot of nice and fresh locally made cheeses to go with their whine.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:11am
  17. Good luck at the next election you fuckin’ cowards. With all the hate you’re bringing towards people that aren’t doing a god damn thing to you, I’m sure you’ll have at least SOME votes but not enough to win.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:29am
  18. right on!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:57am
  19. Where was this two months AGO? This has been going on since long before Halloween!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:01am
  20. I hope they win to because everyone has the right to be who they are no matter what and I still think politicians and the government should stay out of it and just let them be happy

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:15am
  21. This is stupid. Their obviously just using that as an excuse to justify their hate!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:27am
  22. PLEASE give these kids what they deserve or else I will have to pull out the egg beaters and it’s not a pretty sight! I love you kids and want the BEST for you…xxoo Mama Steve..

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:36am
  23. At last known report, it looked like they didn’t have enough LEGIT signatures to qualify for the ballot.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:01am
  24. GET LIVES, DOUCHEBAGS.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:43am
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    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:07am
  26. REALLY????

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:21pm
  27. tha&nk

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:50pm