I’m glad this measure was defeated. At least indirectly.
A months-long effort by conservative groups to repeal California’s new transgender student protections law failed to qualify for a voter referendum on the state’s ballot this fall, the office of California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Monday.
Proponents of the referendum push, which aimed to put the question of repealing the 2013 law allowing transgender public school students to use school facilities and participate in school activities based on their gender identity up to voters, failed to provide enough valid signatures to qualify for the state’s ballot. The law, or the School Success and Opportunity Act, already took effect on Jan. 1.
“We are very happy with today’s outcome upholding the majority of Californians’ belief that transgender students deserve a fair shot at doing well in school,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality in a statement celebrating the failure of the referendum effort.