Without comment, California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed into law a bill (AB 1266) strengthening the rights of transgender students (K-12) in the state’s public schools. It makes the Golden State the first state in the nation to allow participation in “sex-segregated programs, activities, and facilities” in public schools based on a student's gender identity.
Supporters of the law, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union and pro-homosexual groups, say it will reduce bullying and discrimination against transgender students in public schools. But pro-family spokesmen are expressing deep concern over violations of students’ privacy and the potential for sexual assaults.
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute is among those reacting strongly to Brown’s signing of the measure.
“It's an outrageous and egregious violation of the privacy and decency for young women and young girls all throughout the state of California,” the attorney stated. “This new law will even allow boys to play on girl's athletic teams. So this is a serious violation of the fundamental right of young people up and down the state of California.”
All under the guise of providing special rights and protections for children with a gender-identity disorder, and, if a boy wants to molest a girl, he can follow her into a restroom and violate her.
Dacus vows that his legal group intends to defend individuals – particularly young girls and young women – who now face the real possibility of having their privacy rights trampled. “No young person should be expected to have to shower with the opposite sex, much less change in front of the opposite sex,” he exclaims. “This is an outrageous piece of legislation and an outrageous violation of the right to privacy.”
But Dacus will have to wait until someone is harmed to file suit because a person must prove that they have been damaged. Ron Prentice of the California Family Council confirms that is indeed the case.
"If any child is forced to undergo sharing locker room facilities with the opposite sex, then indeed there are multiple religious liberty groups available that are willing to file suit on their behalf,” he says. “And frankly, that’s what will be necessary – plaintiffs who say they are suffering injury by this new law."
The law, which takes effect January 1, makes no provision for counseling for young people who have a gender-identity disorder.