Will opponents of California’s new transgender law for students K-12 have enough signatures on their petitions to get a referendum blocking the law onto a state ballot?
The law, which will take effect January 1 unless the referendum qualifies, allows transgender students to choose which restrooms and locker rooms they use and which sports they play irrespective of whether they are a boy or girl. The California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, a Democrat responsible for verifying the signatures, has refused to accept some of the petitions. She is claiming they didn’t get filed on time.
As a result of Bowen’s stance, local critics of the law have filed a lawsuit, contending that roughly 5,000 signatures have been inappropriately denied legitimacy.