California ‘Bathroom Bill’ Mandating Schools to Allow Boys in Girls’ Restrooms Approved By Assembly

Sacramento, California — A bill in California that would mandate schools to allow boys to use girls’ restrooms and vice versa if they identified with the opposite gender has been approved by the state’s Assembly Education Committee.

AB 1266, also known as the “Bathroom Bill,” would serve as an amendment to the Education Code and would require all schools in the state to comply with its mandates.

“A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records,” the legislation reads.

It was approved to move forward in the legislature by a vote of 5-2 on Wednesday. It will likely now advance to the full Assembly, House and Senate for consideration.

“We were heavily outnumbered by transgender folk, transgender activists, the ACLU and teacher’s unions,” Matthew McReynolds, staff attorney with the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), told Christian News Network of the hearing that took place prior to the vote.

He advised that representatives with an organization called Gender Spectrum were also present, a group that teaches that there is no such thing as gender per se — but that some have more male or female traits and inclinations than others.

McReynolds had an opportunity to speak on behalf of PJI.

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“I urged the committee to consider the private implications for all of the parents and students who were not being represented at the hearing,” he said. “The implications [of the bill] are pretty astounding.”

“Basically, any responsible adult has their hands tied so they can’t step in on behalf of the 99 percent,” McReynolds advised. “I fear that many parents are going to to find out too late.”

He explained that the bill would not only pertain to school restrooms, but would also entitle students who wished to identify with the opposite sex to be allowed to play on sports teams of that gender. Girls who identified as boys could play on male football teams, and boys who identified as girls could play on ladies’ tennis or swim teams. Coaches would then be required to allow that individual to change in the locker room with all of the other students of the opposite gender.

“Our sports and athletics [groups] here … they do have some policies in place, [but] this bill is so sweeping, it will likely override the existing safeguards that are in place,” McReynolds stated.

He said that although there were two committee members who voted against the furtherance of the bill, they “were not willing to stand up” and say anything to the contrary of the activists gathered.

Therefore, McReynolds urges parents in the state to be a voice on behalf of the children.

“We need tens of thousands of parents to call their legislators,” he said. “Sometimes it takes a catalyst like a committee vote [to get people mobilized].”

As previously reported, parents in Washington state became outraged last year when their young daughters, who participate in their local swim club, discovered a male sitting naked in the sauna “displaying male genitalia.” However, police and school representatives alike remarked that they could do little about the situation because of state law.

“We have to follow a nondiscrimination policy with the state,” Evergreen State College spokesperson Jason Wettstein outlined to reporters. “State law doesn’t allow us to ignore gender identity as one of the protected classes.”

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  • meganseeley

    I find this insane!! So any male that claims to have female tendancies parts etc can walk into a restroom that my daughter or anyones daughter is in for that matter and freely stare glance, fantasize or god forbid rape to theirt hearts desire and there is no problem with this!?! I knew it was coming but I will not tolerate it! Gender is no longer?!?! WHAT?!?! God created both male and female not a smorgesboard of anything goes. I am the first to love everyone reguardless of race, gender, sexual orientation but this is not about love at all this is about crossing lines that are not intended to be crossed. Jesus…come back!!!

  • Kenton Forshee

    You write, “God created both male and female not a smorgesboard of anything goes.”

    You could not possibly be more mistaken. Even DNA proves what you’ve said to be demonstrably wrong. You need to research about genetically intersexed individuals. Your ignorance about the real world needs to be corrected or else you’ll be one of the many people who marginalize people simply because they don’t fit into your religious worldview.

  • Wouldn’t it be more compassionate to all children to provide a third restroom (with a bi-gender sign) to accomodate transgender children? Pediatric nurses know some babies are born morphodites.
    Why must there be legislation to force the majority to violate their convictions?
    Yes, “How long, oh Lord. How long?”

    • Kenton Forshee

      Rena, The word you’re looking for is “hermaphroditic”, not “morphodites” which isn’t a word at all.

      You write, “Why must there be legislation to force the majority to violate their convictions?”

      Because we’re talking about treating people equally and with dignity, which is something that doesn’t register in the convictions of the majority. But I’m sure that people wondered the same thing when white people lost their separate drinking fountains.

  • Stephen

    God created male and female distinctly different and DNA proves this. Transgender people who have these DNA mutations that give them these gender qualities are caused by the genetic mutational overload that has been passed down generation to generation. The genetic mutations are caused by sin which was passed down from Adam and Eve at the fall. Historical and scientific fact. Check out Dr. David Dewitt he can help on this matter.

  • Mary M

    Kenton: you conveniently forget about the dignity and worth of the 99.9% of the population who would feel violated with a person obviously of the opposite sex invading their privacy. You seem to have absolutely no concern about them. And you conveniently ignore the fact that there will be many, many people who will deliberately take advantage of this for their own selfish purposes. If this is such a problem for these intersex people ( the tiny percentage who may exist) then a third bathroom or changing room or whatever should suffice. To demand otherwise is just selfish and appallingly indifferent to the valid concerns of others.