Statement by Assemblyman Morrell on Signing of Assembly Bill 1266

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, today issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s action to sign into law Assembly Bill 1266 (Ammiano-D).  The measure would allow California students to use gender-specific facilities and participate in school and athletic competitions based on the student’s perceived gender identity, rather than their actual gender as listed on school records:

“This is wrong.  We should be educating our children rather than making them the fielding ground for an experiment in the extremes of human nature.  I am disappointed that the Governor decided to ignore the concerns of thousands of California parents in signing this measure into law.  My colleagues in the majority party often speak about protecting the privacy rights of Californians, which they clearly have not done.  But with the stroke of the Governor’s pen, I fear that the privacy of our children will actually be undermined as they participate in school activities.  While we must ensure a safe learning environment for all students, I believe this measure goes too far and will lead to legal challenges for schools as it is implemented.”