November 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Referendum on Calif. trans law sought
National Organization for Marriage, NOM, gay news, Washington Blade, trans law

Frank Schubert of NOM is behind an effort to prompt a referendum on a California law that extends rights to transgender students in public schools.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Opponents of a California law that requires public schools to provide transgender students with equal access to restrooms, athletic teams and other on-campus programs said they have submitted enough signatures to block the statute.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Privacy for All Students, a coalition led by Frank Schubert of the National Organization for Marriage who spearheaded the campaign in support of Proposition 8, submitted 620,000 signatures to the California Secretary of State on Nov. 10. The newspaper said the group needed to collect 505,000 valid signatures by Nov. 12 to force a referendum on the statute.

The law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed in August is slated to take effect on Jan. 1.

A referendum on the statute would take place in November 2014 if state officials validate enough of the signatures.

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