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CA GOP Backs Repeal Of Transgender Student Protections Law


Gathered in Anaheim, California for the party's statewide convention, members of the California Republican Party approved a resolution on Sunday supporting the repeal of AB1266, also known as the School Success and Opportunity Act, signed into law earlier this year by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The law provides sweeping protections for transgender students in California's public schools. However, the bill quickly drew the ire of the right and the Tea Party in particular. Opponents of the bill hope to put the issue on the 2014 ballot and repeal the measure via referendum. Think Progress reports:

The repeal effort has been spearheaded by a group known as the Capitol Resource Institute (CRI), which may have been operating illegally due to not providing the IRS with the necessary financial information to remain tax-exempt. The National Organization for Marriage’s Frank Schubert is advising CRI’s “Privacy For All Students” petitioning campaign, which NOM in turn has endorsed in violation of its own mission statement. According to the campaign, it harms society when “being male and being female are stripped from societal norms and we’re guided into a genderless future.”

However, not all Republicans at the GOP convention were enthused about fighting this bill. The resolution passed only by a split vote and vice-chairman for the California Republican Party Greg Gandrud warned about the dangers of going after a transgender rights bill when the party is looking to expand its message and its membership. Gandrud told BuzzFeed:

Greg"There were a lot of people who voted no, like myself, Log Cabin Republicans, and our straight allies,” Gandrud said. “I am openly gay, and I want to build the party so that we can build up some authority on other issues like keeping taxes low and fixing roads and making sure we have reliable drinking water in California.”

Gandrud accused supporters of the referendum as acting selfishly by “obsessing over social issues” they can use to activate their base of donors. “Some people are very emotional about it,” he said. “They are the same people who opposed marriage equality and they are just conservative on social issues. They are just running out of issues and they could raise a lot of money on those issues and they had to find a new boogeyman and that is transgender kids.”

Acknowledging some of the concerns voiced by opponents of the law, he said, “There’s nothing in the current law that prevents somebody who really isn’t transgender to go and use any bathroom.” Because the law does not require transgender students to provide any certification from physicians, he said, “The law opens up the door for a lot of abuse and I can see how that can happen. But we do have to recognize that there are transgender children and they — like gay and lesbian children — deserve protections.”

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  1. If you want low taxes for anyone but the rich, public investment in anything but the military and protect the environment, the Republicans are really the wrong party.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 8, 2013 5:12:51 PM

  2. Republicans, soon to be known as the Whig Party of the 21st century.

    And not one moment too soon.

    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Oct 8, 2013 5:42:24 PM

  3. What does this mean? That the California GOP thinks it should be Open Season on transgender kids? WTF???

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Oct 8, 2013 5:43:01 PM

  4. And so the disgusting people parade continues.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 8, 2013 6:03:26 PM

  5. The Party of Evil is not content to destroy America's and the world's economy, no they want to go after little school kids too.

    Posted by: Joesph Foster | Oct 8, 2013 6:43:56 PM

  6. "split vote"

    What, nobody can report actual vote tallies anymore?

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 8, 2013 7:24:14 PM

  7. I just don't understand this party. They are the vilest group of hateful people ever spawned.

    Posted by: david from edmonton | Oct 8, 2013 8:18:49 PM

  8. Do they also back the notion that if the state refuses to protects transgender students then the state has no legal right to tax the parents of those students? Oh that's right, their money is important just not them. Fascist slave drivers.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 8, 2013 9:18:30 PM

  9. I'm hoping that this does get on the ballot. I am in Oakland and I will totally vote to repeal it.

    Trans activists have openly opposed marriage equality and urged people to vote against it in Maryland. They wanted to hurt gay and lesbian families because they are sick and twisted in their belief that gay people owe them something. They failed to defeat gay equality in Maryland and now Ima be first on line to vote to repeal on election day.

    Posted by: MateoM | Oct 9, 2013 2:41:59 AM

  10. Atta boy Mateom: The vengeful way is always the best way! You show 'em!!

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Oct 9, 2013 7:53:53 AM

  11. Mateom: you're going to oppose civil rights for an oppressed minority because a small subset of that minority said things you disagreed with on the Internet? Well done, bravo.

    Posted by: JackieFrown | Oct 9, 2013 10:00:08 AM

  12. Jackifrown, It wasn't a small subset and they weren't just talking on the net. They were VOTING against gay equality. They failed to defeat us. And now is payback time.

    Posted by: MateoM | Oct 9, 2013 1:22:35 PM

  13. that's nto actually Mateo commenting. Mateo isn't anti-trans. who is the sackless coward of a troll posting in his name. a wimp of a gay man who comes here every day to voice his impotent rage while using other commenter's screen names. he's sad, but he'll die, so it's ok.

    now, he'l likely start posting anti-mexican b.s. under my name. oh well.

    this is ugly. in this time of economic uncertainty, a bunch of right-wing bigots got together to.....make life harder for transgendered youth.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 9, 2013 1:40:54 PM

  14. Really, "mateom"? How did you arrive at that conclusion? Did you see their ballots? I've never seen any organized campaign by trans people that acted against the rights of the LGB community, but maybe you have a secret flier that says otherwise? Campaign buttons that people handed out? Or maybe you're just talking out of your butt by misinterpreting the idea that some folks have put forward that there are other LGBT rights battles that are more important than marriage? Seriously, let's see what you're talking about.

    Posted by: Jackiefrown | Oct 9, 2013 1:50:02 PM

  15. jackie, that ain't Mateo. this site is home to a truly pathetic excuse for a homosexual - a cowardly troll who hates women transpeople, liberals, etc. and doesn't have the orbs to make his own statements in his own voice, so he uses other people's internet names.

    the good news? as long as anti-trans gay men like him remain anonymous cowards, their hateful positions will gain no traction :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 9, 2013 1:57:06 PM

  16. Hi Kiwi, yeah, I understand that's not really Mateom, but I wanted to call him/her out on their unfounded claim, so I used the name they were pretending to be, but in quotes, to denote that they're using it under false pretenses.

    Posted by: Jackiefrown | Oct 9, 2013 2:07:18 PM

  17. word. it's pathetic but at least we can all take solace in seeing that guys with "fake trolls" point of view are too cowardly to ever stand up and say it out loud.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 9, 2013 2:20:29 PM

  18. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California. It is the 2nd largest public school district in the United States. The tenets of AB1266 has been a policy in LAUSD schools for awhile now. No one complained. No big issues. Now it's becoming a law for the whole state and the Republican's are freaking out. What is it about the Republican party that they are so fearful of? Always fearing that someone else is getting something they don't have. Ugh!

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 11, 2013 4:50:01 PM

  19. MATEOM Um, what are you even talking about. I don't know what you're snorting but I live in Maryland and the trans community was out marching in support of same sex marriage right next to gays and lesbians. The only thing the trans community was upset about was how GENDA got ignored after gay marriage got passed.

    Do you even live in Maryland or know anything about the LGBT community here? You kind of sound more than a little deluded.

    Posted by: ALLIEFOO | Oct 11, 2013 4:51:59 PM

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