What is an Initiative?
The ballot initiative process gives California citizens a way to propose laws and constitutional amendments without the support of the Governor or the Legislature. A simplified explanation of the initiative process follows.
1. Write the text of the proposed law (initiative draft).
2. Submit initiative draft to the Attorney General for official title and summary.
3. Initiative petitions are circulated to collect enough signatures from registered voters.
4. Signatures are turned into county election officials for verification.
5. Initiative will either be qualified for Ballot or be failed by the Secretary of State, after verifications and deadline dates.
6. If the Initiative qualifies for the ballot, California voters will approve or deny the qualified Ballot Initiative.
(Source: Attorney General Website)
What is the “Personal Privacy Protection Act”?
The “Personal Privacy Protection Act” was drafted to protect privacy in restrooms, showers, locker rooms, and changing rooms in government buildings in CA. It does so by asserting that individuals should use these facilities in accordance with their biological sex, rather than their gender identity.
Read the Initiative text here
What is the current law regarding this issue?
In 2013 AB 1266 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano was signed into law. A Referendum was filed to halt AB 1266 and place it on the ballot for the people of California to vote on. Enough signatures were gathered to qualify this referendum. (What is a referendum? The popular referendum is a device which allows voters to approve or repeal an act of the Legislature. If the Legislature passes a law that voters do not approve of, they may gather signatures to demand a popular vote on the law. NCSL.org) But, the Secretary of State and the counties have wrongfully thrown out thousands of signatures claiming we came up short. There is currently a court challenge to the disqualification of signatures by elections officials. AB 1266 allows students to use any and ALL facilities in public schools based upon their gender identity. These facilities include: showers, locker rooms, and restrooms. There are no qualifications or boundaries, and no consideration for the privacy of other students. The “Personal Privacy Protection Act” would essentially override AB 1266, the “Co-Ed Bathroom Bill”. Activists are using scare tactics to bully schools into implementing forced co-ed facilities immediately.
Public facilities outside of public schools are also being targeted by groups fighting to open up these facilities to both sexes while leaving the signs separating male and female facilities intact. These groups claim that insisting males and females use these facilities in accordance with their biological sex rather than their gender identity is akin to discrimination. Providing separate facilities for males and females is a long-standing cultural norm. Society expects these facilities to contain a certain amount of privacy, including not being open to the opposite sex. A woman not wanting to use the same dressing or showering area as a man is not discrimination. The “Personal Privacy Protection Act” allows for accommodations to be made for those that feel uncomfortable in traditional sex-separated facilities, but those accommodations cannot include invading the privacy of the opposite sex.
Why is the “Personal Privacy Protection Act” necessary?
Without this Initiative there is no protection for the privacy of men and women, boys and girls, adults and children, in facilities where privacy is reasonably expected: locker rooms, dressing rooms, restrooms, and showers. Other accommodations can be made for those who feel uncomfortable in traditional sex-separated facilities, but impeding on other citizens’ right to privacy by creating forced co-ed facilities is not a valid option.
What’s wrong with co-ed bathrooms?
Historically, facilities in which people can reasonably be in a state of undress, have been separated by biological sex. Those advocating the change have not demanded taking down the “Men” and “Women” signs on facility doors. They are advocating that despite the signs, people be allowed to use these facilities in accordance with their gender identity. If instituted, the signs on these facility doors provide a false sense of privacy and protection. If a woman walks into a bathroom with a “Women” sign on the door, she has a reasonable expectation that she will not encounter men in this restroom. Without the “Personal Privacy Protection Act” men can use the women’s restroom and there is nothing to protect a citizen’s right to privacy.
How many signatures will we need?
We will need 365,880 VALID signatures. To account for errors and discounted signatures, we will need to gather 500,000 signatures.
How long will we have to gather signatures?
Petitions must be postmarked by December 14th.
What about children needing the assistance of a parent?
The “Personal Privacy Protection Act” states an exception: “facilities in which a child, or a person with a medical condition, requires the assistance of another.”
How can I get involved?
There are lots of ways for you to get involved!
Share information with your Pastor and ask your church to host a petition drive
Request petitions to gather signatures
Share information about this Initiative on Facebook & Twitter to spread the word
Can churches legally be involved in this effort?
Yes! See Pacific Justice Institute’s “The church and Politics” booklet.