Opponents of California’s radical “coed bathroom law,” which allows public school students to choose whether to identify themselves as boys or girls, are vowing to continue their fight even though state officials claimed they did not turn in enough signatures to have voters decide the issue.
“Make no mistake, Pacific Justice Institute is committed to protecting the privacy of children,” said Brad Dacus, president of the legal organization that has been working on the case.
“We are ready to review and challenge every signature that was not counted toward the referendum of this impudent and in-your-face bill. Our children’s privacy is worth doing all that we can,” he said.
State officials, after facing earlier defeats in court over disputed signature counts, announced this week that the measure needed 504,760 signatures to put the referendum on the November ballot. There were more than 619,000 signatures turned in, but Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office said only 487,484 were valid.
Backers of the referendum said they will go to elections offices across the state to review and potentially challenge decisions by state and county officials to refuse signatures.
Dacus said, “Now it’s our turn to go in and make sure they have properly treated signatures.”
He affirmed that court action certainly is within the organization’s plans.
His organization pointed out that courts historically have been much friendlier to the idea of voters deciding issues than have state officials.
PJI, as a member of the Privacy for All Students group, “has a right to review and appeal each one of the roughly 131,000 signatures which were rejected,” the organization said.
In addition, it said it will go to court should any child’s privacy rights be violated under the state gender accommodations.
The “coed bathroom bill,” California AB 1266, was signed into law in 2013. It allows for children in K-12 grades to decide which sex-segregated bathrooms, shower rooms and locker rooms they would use and which teams they would join.
WND reported last month that critics of the law won a fight over the signatures submitted based on the results of random samples from 58 counties.
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At the time, privacy advocates noted the sampling process utilized by the state has a high error rate and results in an excessive number of signatures projected as invalid.
“Unfortunately, the state changed the sampling process a few years ago to save money, resulting in many more signatures being improperly invalidated,” said Karen England, a member of the PFAS executive committee. “With a full check, every signature is verified by elections officials and we expect that process will result in thousands of more signatures being found to be valid. When all the signatures are examined, we believe that we will have enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.”
That victory followed on the heels of another win for the privacy organization, this one in court.
It was Judge Allen Sumner of Sacramento who quashed a maneuver by the California government to suppress signatures in the referendum effort.
Sumner, of the Sacramento County Superior Court, said thousands of signatures that were delivered to the Tulare County clerk’s office before the deadline should be counted, even though the office took no action on them until after the deadline.
While the state constitution allows voters a full 90 days to hand in their signatures from when the legislation is passed, the election officials claimed the signatures in those two counties were late.
The signatures, however, were delivered on the 88th and 89th days.
The law is the latest in a long list of sex indoctrination laws adopted in California, including one that requires a day of recognition for Harvey Milk, the homosexual politician who also was an advocate of infamous cult leader Jim Jones.
England said parents in other states also should be concerned.
“We’re not like Las Vegas. What happens in California spreads to other states,” she said.
England told WND the law is a direct assault on parental rights. It allows schools to treat children as members of either gender and send them to locker rooms or restrooms that may be in conflict with their physical gender. The law also keeps all such information away from parents.
“This is as far as they’ve (lawmakers) ever gone. This is the most extreme. Parents and teachers are absolutely outraged,” she said.
She discussed the issue earlier with Gov. Mike Huckabee:
"We respect that some students are struggling with their own sexual identity, but we ask for respect for the other students who will be humiliated when a boy walks into the girl's locker room," said England. "This is a privacy issue, a safety issue, and a common sense issue."
She said it seems "unbelievable that this bill would ever have made its way through the legislature and signed into law by the governor."
The law, the first of its kind in the nation, drew the wrath of state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.
Allowing teenage boys and girls in the same locker room, showering side by side, is a bad idea. In fact, AB 1266 is a recipe for disaster. This will take the normal hormonal battles raging inside every teenager and pour gasoline onto those simmering coals. The right to privacy enjoyed by every student will be replaced by the right to be ogled.
While trying to address a concern of less than 2 percent of the population, California is now forcibly violating the rights of the other 98 percent. Many of the parents I have heard from within the last few days have literally pulled their kids out of public schools and have enrolled them in homeschool and private school programs. My boys, who went back to the public school after many years away, will not be returning.
It is completely unreasonable to expect teenagers, who are uncomfortable with themselves at this age, to accept this level of privacy invasion. After all, in the Capitol building, not only do they not allow men in the women's bathroom, the women must enter a code to access their restrooms.
The controversy earlier reached the ludicrous, when a woman who has "transitioned" to be a "man" became outraged when a pro-family advocate, Randy Thomasson of SaveCalifornia.com, addressed her as lady in a CNN interview.
See Thomasson's closing words in the CNN interview:
In a recent analysis, WND Managing Editor David Kupelian wrote of the atrocities that develop because of gender confusion, especially for children.
"Indeed, the recent renaming of gender identity disorder as gender dysphoria, thanks to pressure from the powerful LGBT lobby, means the condition itself is no longer considered abnormal or 'disordered,' but only the anxiety one may feel over it," he wrote.
"This is a halfway measure; the unabashed, publicly stated goal of the LGBT world is to get gender identity disorder completely de-pathologized so it is officially and legally declared to be an absolutely normal variant of human sexuality. It is, after all, the 'T' in the LGBT coalition."
"Being transgender no longer a 'mental disorder': APA," announced NBC News last December, along with other major news outlets, Kupelian documented.
But he continued, "Reality check: Transgenderism (or transsexualism) is not normal. In fact, it's so abnormal and unnatural that a staggeringly tragic 41 percent of all transgender individuals living in the United States have attempted to commit suicide, according to a 2010 study."
He highlighted the dangers: "Consider the incredibly sad story, reported last week in the London Telegraph, of 'female-to-male' transsexual Nancy Verhelst of Belgium, who was legally euthanized by lethal injection after a botched sex-change operation. The back story? Her parents hated and rejected her because she was a girl and they wanted another boy. So this poor girl tried to become a boy, and when it didn't work, she took her life."
Further, making such conditions "normal" then results in the amputation of health body parts, he said.
California lawmakers have built a long reputation for promoting "gay" rights and resisting attempts to uphold traditional values in public schools and elsewhere. Majority Democrats on a California state legislative committee at one point killed a plan that would have cracked down on intimate relationships between school teachers and their students.
The unsuccessful Assembly Bill 1861 would have made it a felony if any teacher or employee of a public or private school "engages in a sexual relationship or inappropriate communications with a pupil."
Another bill, SB48, requires positive portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in public school social studies and history classes.
Others state laws:
- SB 543, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, "allows school staff to remove children ages 12 and up from government schools and taken off-campus for counseling sessions, without parental permission or involvement. The purpose is to permit pro-homosexuality teachers and administrators to remove sexually confused children in 6th grade and up from campus and take them to pro-homosexuality counselors who will encourage them to embrace the homosexual lifestyle."
- ACR 82, approved by the California Legislature in 2010, "creates de facto 'morality-free zones' at participating schools (pre-kindergarten through public universities). Schools that become official 'Discrimination-Free Zones' will 'enact procedures' (including mandatory counseling) against students from pre-kindergarten on up who are accused of 'hate,' 'intolerance,' or 'discrimination'." What is the hate? Peacefully speaking or writing against the unnatural lifestyles choices of homosexuality and bisexuality.
- SB 572, signed by Schwarzenegger in 2009, establishes "Harvey Milk Day" in K-12 California public schools and community colleges. In classrooms, schools and school districts that participate, children will now be taught to admire the life and values of late homosexual activist and teen predator Harvey Milk of San Francisco the month of May.
- SB 777, signed by Schwarzenegger in 2007, prohibits all public school instruction and every school activity from "promoting a discriminatory bias" against (effectively requiring positive depictions of) transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality to schoolchildren as young as five years old. SB 777 means children will be taught their "gender" is a matter of choice.
- AB 394, signed by Schwarzenegger in 2007, effectively promotes transsexual, bisexual and homosexual indoctrination of students, parents and teachers via "anti-harassment" and "anti-discrimination" materials, to be publicized in classrooms and assemblies, posted on walls, incorporated into curricula on school websites, and distributed in handouts to take home.
- SB 71, signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 and implemented in 2008 through the new "sexual health" standards approved by appointees of Schwarzenegger and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, teaches children as young as 5th grade that any consensual sexual behavior is "safe" as long as you "protect" yourself with a condom, and teaches children that homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality is "normal."
- AB 1785, signed by Davis in 2000, required the California State Board of Education to alter the state curriculum frameworks to include and require "human relations education" for children in K-12 public schools, with the aim of "fostering an appreciation of the diversity of California’s population and discouraging the development of discriminatory attitudes and practices," according to the state legislative counsel's digest.
- AB 537, signed by Davis in 1999, permits teachers and students to openly proclaim and display their homosexuality, bisexuality or transsexuality, even permitting cross-dressing teachers, school employees and student on campus, in classrooms, and in restrooms.
The state legislature even demanded that students in public schools every year honor Harvey Milk, a homosexual activist, reported sexual predator and advocate for Jim Jones, leader of the massacred hundreds in Jonestown, Guyana.
SaveCalifornia.com contends that in honoring Milk, schools are advocating for the acceptance of what Milk sought: the entire homosexual, bisexual and cross-dressing agenda; a refusal to acknowledge sexually transmitted diseases spread by the behavior; his behavior as "a sexual predator of teenage boys, most of them runaways with drug problems"; advocacy for multiple sexual relationships at one time; and "lying to get ahead."
A 1982 biography of Milk tells of a 16-year-old named McKinley who "was looking for some kind of father figure."
"At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him," the book says.
"It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20s that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life."