Judge rules in California’s open-bathrooms fight

President Obama’s open-bathrooms campaign already has been taken to court by the state of North Carolina, civil and religious rights organizations, the Alliance Defending Freedom and several schools.


But the effort took a major hit just days ago in California when a judge ruled in a case that has been in the courts for several years already that critics deserve to have more information regarding the government’s actions.


At issue is a law adopted by the legislature and signed by the governor in 2013 that allows public school students to use restrooms and shower rooms based on their “gender identity.”


The law, long before Obama’s May 13 directive to public schools, was opposed by an organization called Privacy For All Students.


Members collected more than 620,000 signatures of California voters to qualify the issue for a referendum that would overturn the law, but elections officials disqualified more than 20 percent, leaving the referendum effort only 17,276 signatures short of the requirement to qualify for the ballot.


PFAS now has been in court for more than two years, battling government attorneys who are trying to withhold both the disqualified names and the reason for their rejection.


But now a Superior Court judge in Sacramento granted a motion sought by the organization to compel the production of the documents, which were held by the California secretary of state and 55 counties, citing privacy concerns.


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