California Bathroom Bill Moves Forward

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SACRAMENTO – California legislators have passed a bill that would force public schools to allow gender-confused youth to choose whether they would like to use the boys or girls restrooms and locker rooms based on their “gender identity.”

If signed by the governor, AB 1266 would also let students who believe they are the opposite sex participate in sex-segregated activities, including sports teams. The new law would apply to students in elementary, middle and high school.

“As a society, we know we must protect children from harm, but this law is in direct violation of this principle,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). “These politicians have disregarded the safety and privacy of all children, in exchange for appeasing the vocal LGBT lobby.”

PJI Staff Attorney Matthew McReynolds sent a letter this spring to the state Assembly urging lawmakers to reject the bill.

Among the legislation’s “many shortcomings,” he writes, is the complete disregard for the privacy of students who are not transgender or gender-questioning.

“These students (and their parents) have reasonable expectations that they will not be forced to share intimate spaces with members of the opposite biological and anatomical gender,” McReynolds continues. “There are no safeguards whatsoever in the legislation that would allow responsible adults, including coaches, teachers, chaperones, school administrators and others to act in the best interests of all students.”

The legislation will harm children.

Even the most liberal politician should see that allowing boys and girls as young as five, or as astute as 17, to be able to pick and choose which gender’s bathroom to use is outrageous.”