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This is late breaking news out of California, but it appears that, following a final hand-count of signatures submitted by a coalition of anti-trans groups seeking to force an initiative to repeal of the State of California’s Student Success and Opportunity Act, the drive to place the Act on the ballot has FAILED by more than 17,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot!
The Advocate reports:
An attempt to repeal California’s recently implemented transgender student law has been shot down after conservative organizations failed to turn in the necessary 504,760 valid signatures to qualify the issue for a referendum.
Proponents of the repeal, who had formed a coalition deceptively named Privacy for All Students,came up short, only collecting 487,760 valid signatures, leaving the repeal effort 17,276 short of the required 504,760 to qualify the issue to appear before voters in the November election.
As a result, California’s Student Success and Opportunity Act will remain in force. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of a student’s gender identity and guarantees that trans students can participate in the gender-segregated sports and have access to facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The law, also known as Assembly Bill 1266, cleared the State Assembly by a vote of 46-25 and passed through the Senate by a vote of 21-9 before being signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in August of last year. The law went into effect January 1.
The group behind the petition drive, Privacy for All Students, however, is not giving up:
“[Privacy for All Students] is anxious to challenge any signature that has been unfairly thrown out,” reads the message. “We are prepared to [challenge the signatures thrown out] again, as many times as we need to, until every valid signature is counted and the referendum qualifies for the ballot.”
HRC President Chad Griffin is ecstatic.
“The forces of discrimination tried to go after California’s LGBT young people, and it’s a sign of our progress that they fell short of their goal,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin in a statement. “Yet unfortunately there are groups out there that are actively working to make the lives of LGBT youth harder. This law does nothing more than safeguard transgender students from being excluded and ensures all students are provided the same opportunities — regardless of gender identity.”
As mentioned earlier, the law has been in effect since January 1st of this year.
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Scarlett Dennis, a 7th grader from Los Angeles, has created an artistic statement in support of same-sex marriage that demands to be seen. HuffPost reported on the young artist, whose minute-long stop-motion animated film, “The Story of Larry and Gerald,” is a poignant and emotional call for gay rights. Larry and Gerald refuse to compromise their love, despite the protests they meet along the way, and something tells us that Ms. Dennis will be a similarly staunch advocate and ally for years to come.
Why is it that children can see some things with such clarity that adults often cannot?
USA: Marriage Equality Rallies Planned for Utah, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California for Valentine’s DayWednesday, February 12th, 2014
Today is national Freedom to Marry Day and in two days’ time we will celebrate love, romance and marriage on Valentine’s Day. Each year during this week loving, committed same-sex couples, accompanied by their friends and supporters, attend events to render visible the harm that excluding them from marriage causes them and their families.
In states that still do not have the freedom to marry, same-sex couples will ask for marriage licenses. In states that do now have marriage equality, people will go to their local Clerk-Recorders to thank them for their work and support and to congratulate the couples obtaining marriage licenses that day.
Today in San Francisco, couples will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the marriages performed in San Francisco City Hall beginning February 12, 2004. “February 12 is our 10-year wedding anniversary, and the end of Proposition 8 was perfect anniversary gift,” said Stuart Gaffney, who has been together with his husband John Lewis for 27 years. “Finally being able to say ‘I Do’ was the happiest day of our lives together.”
In Utah, local organizers, Colleen and Jolene Mewing are in the midst of experiencing the highs and lows of the marriage equality movement. “We hope there is a huge turnout for this year’s Valentine’s Day action,” said Colleen Mewing. “The case in Utah could set the precedent for other states that currently have an amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman.” Jolene added, “I believe the more people who participate this year, and the more visible we are, the better chance we have of obtaining marriage equality for all.”
In Pennsylvania, couples across the state are inspired by Philadelphia’s history as a city of liberty and freedom. “Loving, committed couples want to show their dedication to each other and should be rewarded and welcomed by their city. It is time for Philadelphia to live up to her name and open her arms to all of her citizens. After all, she is a city of LOVE,” said Thomas Hall, Regional Organizer with Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania
This is the 16th year in a row that marriage equality supporters have appeared at clerks’ offices across the country on Valentine’s Day. These annual actions, started by Marriage Equality USA in the mid-90′s, will be taking place this year in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and other locales. Information about these events and a list of actions can be found at www.LicenseOurLove.org.
“These annual events serve as a powerful and visual reminder of the decades-long movement for committed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples across this country to simply be able to marry the person they love,” concluded Brian Silva, Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA.
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Last week the Ninth Circuit Court refused to consider the Liberty Counsel’s en banc appeal to overturn California’s ban on the “ex-gay” torture of LGBT youth. But the Ninth has now delayed the implementation of the ban while the Liberty Counsel asks the Supreme Court to hear their case. California’s SB 1172, which the 9th Circuit upheld in August, prohibits state-licensed psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors from using sexual-orientation change therapy on patients younger than 18. After the full court refused to hold an en banc rehearing of the case, the challengers requested a stay of the mandate so that they can petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. The appellate panel in turn granted a 90-day stay late Monday. “In the event that the petition for writ of certiorari is timely filed, the stay shall continue until final disposition by the Supreme Court,” according to the brief order. Counselors, psychiatrists and their patients filed two cases against Gov. Jerry Brown over the ban, which they challenge as a violation of their free speech rights.
Grasping at straws, people. Grasping at straws.