Sex Politics: CA Schools Not ‘Interested in Education’

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California isn't exactly known as a conservative stronghold and now liberal lawmakers are pushing even further.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom they want to use and whether to play boys or girls sports.

Los Angeles and San Francisco already took this action, but it's the first time a transgender law like this made it to the state level.

Critics say it's all cloaked under the guise of fairness. But supporters say it's important that transgender students feel comfortable and not isolated.

"No student can learn if they feel like they have to hide who they are at school or [are] singled out for unequal treatment," California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said.

"It's going to take away that extra pressure of not knowing where to go and not knowing what classes you're going to be in and not being treated the same as all the other boys and girls in your school," transgender student Ashton Lee said.

Democrats control the state capitol in Sacramento, but conservative Republican Tim Donnelly is making waves with what he has done.

"The public schools are no longer interested in education," Donnelly told CBN News. "They've become government indoctrination centers."

So the assemblyman from Southern California made a strong choice.

"I pulled my 13-year old son out of school," Donnelly said. "He is not going back to the junior high school for more of this social indoctrination. To me, they ought to be talking about reading, writing and arithmetic, not sexual identity politics."

And Donnelly is not the only one who feels this way. Social conservative groups want the law stopped. It will take half a million signatures to allow California voters decide the law's fate next November.

"It's going to require hundreds of thousands of signatures to be gathered, but we certainly believe this is something the people of California, across the ideological spectrum, want to see," Matthew McReynolds with Pacific Justice Institute told CBN News.

"I have never seen anything unite parents, [but] there's a movement," Donnelly said. "I'm calling it, 'Parents United.'"

Meanwhile, stories about special rights for transgender students are cropping up nationwide.

A Wisconsin elementary school now has something called "Switch It Up Day," when children dress in clothing of the opposite sex.
In Colorado, a first grader who was born a boy won a court case after being banned from the girls' restroom at school.

Donnelly believes when statistics show just 0.3 percent of people in America are "transgender," this is going too far.

"You don't have the right to violate the civil rights of 99 percent of the population because 1 percent of the population is suffering from a disorder," he said.

But transgender groups won't stop pushing for equal access even if many think they've gone too far.

"This bill is three bridges too far," Donnelly said. "It's not one bridge too far and they're burning the bridges."

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