National Organization for Marriage now goes after transgender kids

The National Organization for Marriage has announced it will campaign to end California’s AB 1266 law which allows transgender children to use the bathrooms and change rooms of their preferred gender and play on the sports teams of their choice

National Organization for Marriage now goes after transgender kids
23 September 2013

The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) group that put same-sex marriage on the ballot in California in 2008 is now seeking to do the same to California’s AB 1266 law which allows transgender teens access to the facilities of their choice and to play on the sports teams of their choice.

NOM are hoping to gather 504,760 voter signatures against AB 1266, which would be enough to place its repeal on the November 2014 ballot, and would suspend the law until Californians can vote on it.

NOM president Brian Brown claimed the law was part of a wider conspiracy to end traditional gender roles in the United States.

‘AB1266, the co-ed bathroom law, is a horrible attempt by activists to strip society of all gender roles and uses children as a weapon in their culture war, Brown said.

‘Opening our most vulnerable areas at school including showers, bathrooms and changing rooms to members of the opposite sex is politically-correct madness that risks the privacy and security of our children and grandchildren.’

Brown claimed that allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms was damaging to children.

‘They are forcing our school children to be exposed in showers and bathrooms to members of the opposite sex who claim a gender identity with that sex,’ Brown said.

‘This new law doesn’t prevent bullying – it is bullying. It is not about protecting kids; it damages kids.’ Brown did not acknowledge any potential danger to transgender students in forcing them to change in front of opposite gendered students.

NOM have joined in a so-called Privacy for All Students coalition which includes groups such as the Capitol Resources Institute, the Pacific Justice Institute, ActRight, Faith and Public Policy, Concerned Women for America and unnamed churches.

The Mormon church came under heavy criticism in 2008 for its decision to spend $20 million in support of Prop 8, but it is unknown at this time whether they are financially supporting this campaign.

NOM and Privacy for All Students will be seeking to enlist the support of minority groups and have produced versions of their petition to target Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean speakers.

AB 1266 states that, ‘a pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.’

In August a range of US conservative commentators said that if they were a student in a California school they would lie and say they were transgender just so they could spy on girls getting changed in response to AB 1266 being passed.

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