Opponents of a controversial new California law that protects the rights of transgender students appear to have acquired the 500,000 signatures required to have an initiative to repeal it placed on the ballot.
The group calling itself “Privacy for All Students” — which earlier this month was criticized for lying about scope of Assembly Bill 1266, which it claimed had led to an increase in student rape in schools — submitted 620,00 signatures to California authorities on Sunday.
Each of California’s 58 counties will independently conduct a random sampling of the submitted signatures to assure that they are legitimate. If they are found to be, the anti-AB1266 referendum could be on the November 2014 ballot.
Gina Gleason, of the Faith and Public Policy Center, one of the groups leading the call for repeal, said in a statement that “[m]any 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.”
Groups like the Faith and Public Policy Center and the Pacific Justice Institute insist that the law allows any male who claims to be transgender to have full access to female facilities, and that this has led to a string of incidents that include everything from harassment to rape.
No such incidents have been found in either school records or police reports.
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