EDITORIAL: Potty parity in California

Will the state kick the can down the schoolhouse road?

Nutty ideas are as native to California as sunshine and earthquakes. The state lived up to its reputation by becoming the first in the nation to protect the potty “rights” of transgender kindergartners and certain middle-school students. A coalition of conservative groups calling itself Privacy for All Students, eager to preserve potty privacy, is now trying to redeem the state’s reputation by giving voters a chance to kick this can not down the road, but out of the schoolhouse.

The coalition’s forces collected far more than the 505,000 signatures necessary to suspend the law giving confused boys the right to use the girls’ restroom. Once verified by election officials, voters will get the opportunity on the November 2014 ballot to repeal the silly statute.

So far public opinion seems to be for repeal. “Many people said we had no chance to collect over half-a-million signatures in just 90 days,” says Gina Gleason of the group Faith and Public Policy, “but we proved them wrong by gathering over 115,000 more signatures than the minimum needed.”

Homosexual groups often cloak their promotion of unisex school restrooms and sports teams in the language of “tolerance,” but they betray the colors of their rainbow flag when they denigrate petition circulators as “extremists” and “transphobic hate groups.”

The true extremists are those who force their views, often bizarre, on everybody else. Two lesbian “mommies” in Berkeley, for example, have had their 13-year-old adopted son on hormone therapy since he was 11 to prevent the onset of puberty. They want him to change his sex by surgery when he’s old enough, because they say he began saying he was a girl at age 3. Usually 3-year-olds are not asked about foreign policy, the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 or whether and when they want sex-reassignment surgery. Forcing such decisions on a child is child abuse everywhere but in California.

The one-potty-for-all legislation elevates the agitation of a minuscule number of confused boys and perplexed girls (more likely their parents with an agenda) ahead of the vast majority of kids, who are neither confused nor perplexed. Privacy for All Students rightly objects to those kids being forced to share “bathrooms, showers and locker rooms with students of the opposite sex.”

Faced with the prospect of a people’s veto, a defiant California Assembly Speaker John Perez vows to “continue my work in protecting the rights of all Californians — gay, lesbian, straight or transgender — to ensure that no one is left without a voice.” He would deprive the majority of a voice and a place to go when it’s urgent to go, and subject them to prosecution as well.

Gay blades scoff at the prospective referendum, arguing that civil rights can’t be put to a popular vote. But surely lesbian loos and unisex urinals were hardly what the civil rights revolution was about. The statute is a trial lawyer’s dream, opening a wealth of discrimination lawsuits for any principal or school administrator who understands that boys are boys and girls are girls, and there are places where never the twain shall meet.

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