California Bill Would Allow Students to Use Bathrooms 'Consistent with His or Her Gender Identity'

Dan Joseph | April 30, 2013 | 10:15am EDT
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A proposed law introduced in the California State legislature would allow public  school children to use bathrooms designated for members of the opposite sex, if that students' "gender identity" differed from the students biological sex.

Assembly Bill 1266, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who represents a section of the city of San Francisco would:

"...require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's record."

While the bill does not specifically mention restrooms, restrooms and locker rooms are generally considered to be part of the "facilities" in schools throughout the country.

The bill would apparently also require that biological males be permitted to try out for, and play on, girls' sports teams if they identify themselves as females.

The Pacific Justice Institute, a legal defense group that champions traditional causes has set up a website opposing the so called "bathroom bill."

The website, Gender warns against the bill with a statement that reads:

" Picture this ... your 7 year-old daughter comes home from school in tears. You ask her what's wrong and she says she's afraid to go to the bathroom at school because a boy comes in while she's there. Outraged, you call the school to demand an explanation. You're told that your daughter is telling the truth, but because the boy says he wants to be a girl, their hands are tied. "It's the law."

The bill was amended in Assembly on April 25th, 2013.

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