It’s being heralded as a huge advancement for the cause of “civil rights.” But a controversial new bill in California has very little to do with children, yet has a whole lot to do with the selfish interests of the state’s government employees.
It’s frequently referred to as the “California Transgender Bathroom Rights Bill,” and assuming that Governor Jerry Brown signs it in to law, it will require public K-12 schools throughout the state to let students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity, rather than relying on their physiological gender. Reaching far beyond the matter of which restroom a student uses at school, the bill quite intentionally would require schools to allow students "to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities" based on their self-perception, and to ignore the gender that is designated on a student’s birth certificate.
The new policy will likely draw a backlash, and most of the criticism will likely rest on historic notions of morality and normative behavior. “I don’t want teenage males mingling with my daughter in the locker room” some might say. But too bad – the oppression of heterosexual presumption has been blight on western civilization throughout its history, and now the enlightened politicians of California are finally ridding us of this problem. Californians who aren’t so enlightened and who are stuck in their antiquated hetero-centric thought processes will just have to make some adjustments.
But not everybody in California will “adjust” easily. In fact it is likely that some, perhaps even many local school districts around the state will sue the state to prevent the law’s implementation. And this is where the so-called “civil rights” bill will begin to serve the selfish interests of government employees.
When the law suits get filed, the California Attorney General’s office will as a matter of procedure have to defend the state law in court. This creates more “work” for the attorneys and assistants that already work at the AG’s office, and may even necessitate the hiring of additional staff – all of which is funded with people’s tax dollars.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.
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