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NJ hedge fund prez bankrolls anti-AB 1266 effort

By Josh Richman
Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 2:22 pm in Assembly, ballot measures, Tom Ammiano.

A hedge-fund manager from New Jersey has contributed another $50,000 to the campaign to repeal California’s new law that gives transgender K-12 students rights such as access to the restrooms and locker rooms that they choose.

Wedding AnniversaryThis latest contribution, made Nov. 1 and reported Monday, brings Sean Fieler’s total contributions to the “Privacy for All Students – Stop AB1266” committee to $200,000 – almost as much as all other contributors to that committee have given so far.

Fieler, of Princeton, N.J., is president of Equinox Partners and chairman of the board of the American Principles Project, a conservative 501(c)(3) “founded to reinvigorate and restore those principles that made our country great. We take pride in leading the conversation, defending and promoting the universal truths that we are all ‘created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’” Fieler also has been a prolific donor to efforts opposing same-sex marriage.

AB 1266 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, requires that a K-12 pupil be permitted to take part in sex-segregated school programs, activities and facilities including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity and regardless of the gender listed on that pupil’s records. Though the law applies to a wide range of access, conservative opponents have dubbed it the “bathroom law.”

The Assembly approved it 46-25, the state Senate approved it 21-9, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law Aug. 12. The law will take effect Jan. 1, unless its opponents succeed in placing a repeal referendum on the ballot.

We don’t know yet whether they succeeded. Referendum supporters had until Nov. 10 to gather and submit valid signatures from at least 504,760 registered voters in order to put this on the ballot; hitting that mark usually requires gathering about 700,000 signatures to be safe. The Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 20 that they had gathered about 500,000. Southern California Public Radio reported Sunday that supporters said they’d submitted 620,000 signatures.

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  • Elwood

    Gee, I would have hated it when I was in school if a bunch of girls had come into the boys’ bathroom!

  • JohnW

    This guy is against same-sex marriage, but apparently he wants boys who identify as girls and who therefore like boys to be forced to stay in the boys bathroom and locker room. Seems to be a bit of an inconsistency in his thinking.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Ought to depend on whether reassignment had been completed

  • Willis James

    Part of the bill is absurd

    “requires that a K-12 pupil be permitted to take part in sex-segregated school programs, activities and facilities including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity and regardless of the gender listed on that pupil’s records”
    A male has such a huge advantage over a female that allowing them to compete in the same event is wildly unfair.
    Can anyone really suggest that that clause makes sense?

  • Elwood

    To quote the author of the bill, Tommy Ammiano (the cutest Assemblyman):

    “A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.”

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Tommy is a cutie pie

  • JohnW

    At that age, I would guess that, more often that not, reassignment has not been completed or even started. I think standard operating procedure, so to speak, is for people to live a while with the clothing and makeup before they start doing hormones or removing or adding body parts.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Eunuchs will make a comeback

  • http://adifferentmusic.blogspot.com/ Jay H

    I see your problem: you’re confusing trans women with men. They aren’t.

  • http://adifferentmusic.blogspot.com/ Jay H

    “boys who identify as girls and who therefore like boys”
    Transgender gay. You need to read up a bit, mate.

  • JohnW

    How so? Please elaborate! I suspect I may not be the one who needs to read up a bit, mate. I think you may be confused between transvestites and transgendered people.