ADF: Calif. law eliminates “gender” roles, creates safety hazard for women and children

ADF and allies file lawsuit challenging SB 777  

SAN DIEGO — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and Advocates for Faith and Freedom filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court to challenge the constitutionality of California Senate Bill 777.  The new law redefines a student’s sex as his or her “gender identity,” relying upon a student’s feelings about whether the student is male or female rather than his or her biological sex.

“State officials are jeopardizing women’s privacy and the safety of women and children.  Without any standards for determining someone’s ‘gender,’ school officials have no way to prevent a man from using the girl’s restroom or locker room, for example, and this should alarm students and parents,” said ADF Legal Counsel Tim Chandler.

SB 777 prohibits schools from imposing dress codes or segregating school activities and programs on the basis of “gender.”  ADF and Advocates attorneys representing California Education Committee, L.L.C., argue that SB 777 is so vague that it could force schools to permit boys to participate in girls’ sports and run for homecoming queen.

In October, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 777 into law to become effective Jan. 1.  The law applies to all public schools and most private schools, including pre-schools, elementary schools, high schools, and post-secondary schools, such as colleges and universities.

A copy of the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in the case California Education Committee v. Brown can be read at www.telladf.org/UserDocs/CECComplaint.pdf.

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