[Ed. – Sigh!]
Efforts to overturn a law shielding transgender students stalled Monday, with advocates of the repeal failing to gather enough signatures to qualify for the statewide ballot.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced the referendum of Assembly Bill 1266 finished about 17,000 signatures short of the 504,760 valid names needed to go before voters.
Proponents of the repeal submitted nearly 620,000 signatures and still have the opportunity to review the rejected names and challenge any they believe were properly excluded.
The bill has become a flashpoint in the debate over supervising school facilities and the latest turn in the state’s culture wars. It permits transgender public school students to join athletic teams and access facilities such as bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities instead of their sex.
Transgender individuals identify with a gender different from their sex at birth. The measure’s author, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, said one good thing to come from the “misguided” referendum attempt was supporters were given another forum to educate people.