LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2013 — Democrats won a super-majority in the November 2012 election in both the California state Senate and Assembly. Now they are in a full press to get their agenda passed.
Democrats have the power to pass tax increases or submit constitutional amendments to the voters without any Republican, libertarian or independent cooperation. Their current agenda is passage of Assembly Bill 1266, which according to Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) will prohibit “discrimination against transgender students.” The Assembly passed the bill last week, and now it will go to the Senate.
Included in the bill are provisions to allow students to participate on one-sex school sports teams according to the gender they identify with, and to choose which school bathrooms they use also according to their gender identity, not their biological sex. “Transsexual school bathrooms,” already a reality in some school districts, are on their way to all California schools.
Assembly Republicans have opposed the bill, arguing that most Californians also oppose it and pointing out the discomfort this will cause to middle and high school students in school locker rooms and showers.
“AB 1266 forces K-12 public schools to permit biological boys in girls’ restrooms, showers, clubs, and on girls’ sports teams; and biological girls in boys’ restrooms, showers, clubs, and on boys’ sports teams,” noted Randy Thomasson, president of Save California.com, which promotes moral virtues for the common good. He argues that it’s “not good to violate children’s sense of privacy and modesty, and not right to further erode the trust of parents. This is what you get with the Democrats in control — sexual anarchy on public school campuses. Ready for boys in girls’ showers and on girls’ basketball teams? Ready for girls in boys’ bathrooms and on boys’ football teams? If Jerry Brown signs this bad bill into law, it will be the tenth sexual indoctrination law forced upon children enrolled in California’s state school system.”
A 2009 California law, for instance, pressures all K-12 public schools to teach children the values of homosexual activism. Starting as young as five-years-old, they will honor homosexual activist Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. May 22 is Harvey Milk Day, a day to educate Californians about Milk and his activism on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.
In that vein, Ammiano has been adamant about his bill. While admitting that transsexual bathrooms might be uncomfortable for young people still learning to become secure in their own bodies, he argues that “new experiences are often uncomfortable. That can’t be an excuse for prejudice.”
All people are valuable, regardless of their lifestyle, but there is no known biological basis for homosexuality, bisexuality or transsexuality. Regardless of that, the focus of laws like AB 1266 is not on what is true or right for all children, but rather on the wishes — not the needs — of a tiny minority, with very real dangers to the majority. LGBT children comprise of less than 2 percent of K-12 students, yet we say we have no choice.
California Democrats are using their supermajority to focus on lifestyle choices while California is pulled ever deeper into debt. AB 1266 isn’t about doing good for our children, but about satisfying the wants and egos of their elders. In so doing, it attacks the basic assumptions on which our society rests. It’s bad policy for kids, and bad for California.
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