Come January, 2014, parents in California may be in for a disturbing wake-up call when it comes to the most basic issues of privacy regarding their school-age children. Many parents in this state are unaware that back in August of this year, state legislators quietly passed onto the Governor’s desk AB 1266. The bill, better known as the “Co-ed Bathroom bill” was quickly signed by Jerry Brown and will be the law-of-the-state in a little more than two months.
The law permits K-12 students in California to choose the bathroom and locker room that aligns with their own assessment of sexual identity, even if this is inconsistent with their biological gender. Proponents of this law argue that this open policy for formerly sexually separated facilities would decrease bullying, while opponents have called it an assault on the privacy and safety of vulnerable children.
Concerns for the safety and well-being of all school age children have prompted efforts to delay implementation of AB 1266 and force legislators to put such an ill-conceived bill before a public vote in the General Election in November, 2014. One of the most prestigious public affairs strategists in the nation, Frank Schubert of Mission Public Affairs, is top advisor to Privacy for All Students, a coalition of groups seeking the repeal of AB 1266. As the state ballot initiative specialist, Mr. Schubert includes among the bill’s many problems, “that it is poorly drafted, lacks safeguards and balance, eliminates parental involvement, and employs a 'one size fits all' approach that prevents educators from choosing less-invasive solutions."
Not even two short months after the US Supreme Court refused to uphold the right of over seven million Californians to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, the California Legislature passed AB 1266, the school co-ed bathroom law…They are forcing our school children to be exposed in showers and bathrooms to members of the opposite sex who claim a ‘gender identity’ with that sex. This new law doesn’t prevent bullying – it is bullying. It is not about protecting kids; it damages kids.
Also joining the referendum effort is the California Republican Party. Of their support, referendum proponent Gina Gleason, stated, “Clearly the California Republican Party understands that AB 1266 is a threat to the privacy and safety of public school students throughout California."
The massive referendum against AB 1266 is not about hate, as some have claimed. It’s about protecting the rights and safety of all children in California, not just a politically-correct few. And it’s about protecting what remains of the democratic process in this country by allowing the voice of the people to decide the law of the land. According to Privacy for All Students, signed petitions must be submitted to their office by Wednesday, November 6th to be counted among the 505,000 required signatures. Petitions can be distributed and submitted online via their web site.
Don’t delay. Protect the safety and rights of all children. Return your submitted Petition to Repeal AB 1266 today. Time is running out.