'This is as far as they've ever gone. This is the most extreme'
MUST READ, I NEVER KNEW THESE LAWS WERE THERE AND I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA MOST OF MY LIFE
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President Obama’s open-bathrooms campaign already has been taken to court by the state of North Carolina, civil and religious rights organizations, the Alliance Defending Freedom and several schools.
But the effort took a major hit just days ago in California when a judge ruled in a case that has been in the courts for several years already that critics deserve to have more information regarding the government’s actions.
At issue is a law adopted by the legislature and signed by the governor in 2013 that allows public school students to use restrooms and shower rooms based on their “gender identity.”
The law, long before Obama’s May 13 directive to public schools, was opposed by an organization called Privacy For All Students.
Members collected more than 620,000 signatures of California voters to qualify the issue for a referendum that would overturn the law, but elections officials disqualified more than 20 percent, leaving the referendum effort only 17,276 signatures short of the requirement to qualify for the ballot.
PFAS now has been in court for more than two years, battling government attorneys who are trying to withhold both the disqualified names and the reason for their rejection.
But now a Superior Court judge in Sacramento granted a motion sought by the organization to compel the production of the documents, which were held by the California secretary of state and 55 counties, citing privacy concerns.
“Today the court gave us a roadmap that we believe will ultimately allow us to prove that the necessary signatures were submitted to qualify the referendum,” said Kevin Snider of Pacific Justice Institute. “We are pleased that the court rejected attempts by elections officials to prohibit access to this necessary information.”
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Gina Gleason, a member of the PFAS executive committee, said: “It is difficult to miss the irony of elections officials using privacy as grounds for opposing production of evidence to back their claims. Privacy For All Students sought to qualify this referendum to protect the privacy of school children threatened with unwanted exposure under the new law.”
Karen England, a member of PFAS’s executive committee, said: “The people of California object to bullies in bathrooms and bullies in elected office. We are now one step closer to maintaining privacy for all students in public school bathrooms, showers and locker rooms.”
WND reported when the dispute was developing that the state announced it had found that many thousands of the signatures on the petitions were invalid. But it refused to release the names, so no one knew how the determination was reached. And the state also refused to say why any name was disqualified.
Supporters of the idea of having a vote earlier pointed out anomalies in the state’s system.
In one case, local election officials refused to accept some petitions even though they were on time.
And in another case, a county got the names on time but did not process them until after a deadline had passed.
At that time, Judge Allen Sumner of the Sacramento County Superior Court said the thousands of signatures from the two counties must be counted.
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England told WND the law is a direct assault on parental rights. It allows schools to treat children as members of either gender and send them to locker rooms or restrooms that may be in conflict with their physical gender. The law also keeps all such information away from parents.
“This is as far as they’ve (lawmakers) ever gone. This is the most extreme. Parents and teachers are absolutely outraged,” she said.
She discussed the issue earlier with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:
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