Sacramento, CA — Human rights advocates are applauding a bill signed into law Monday in California giving transgender students more rights at school, but as reporter Mike Luery explains not everyone is happy about the controversial measure.
A bill just became a law...
Jubilation outside Jerry Browns's office, where these transgender supporters are applauding the Governor's signature.
For Devon Marchant a transgender nursing student at Folsom Lake Community College, the new law she says, will be positive, "I mentor families across the nation and this will give them the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities or sports without fear of discrimination or prejudice against transgender people."
The new law allows public schools students to self identify their gender, enabling them to try out for the sports teams or use the locker rooms of their choice.
Eli Erlick, Transgender Student, "I'm transgender myself and I had to miss classes and programs because of my identity. And no student should have to lie about themselves in order to get all the credits they need to graduate."
The issue inspired transgender student Ashton Lee of Manteca High School to deliver petitions two weeks ago demanding that Governor Brown sign the bill, but opponents have also been very vocal on this bill, as evidenced by the thousands of petitions that were delivered last week to the Governor's doorstep.
We talked to some of them who said the new law is an assault on families with traditional values, Becky Weaver, "Where down the line is it going to end? At what point are we going to stop this snowball effect?"
Ruth Davis is a mother of six and worries about how the new law could affect her 9 year-old daughter, "She's going to be at a K-8 school. She could potentially have a 14-year old boy walking in on her in the bathroom. I don't understand how we're protecting all the children."
The bill's author had this response Tom Ammiano, (D) San Francisco Assembly Member, "In the long run, this will be good for kids who are not transgender because I think they will have the right information and not feel like they have need to ridicule or intimidate and that's not a bad thing at all.