Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 – 7:41 am

So once again, California voters will find themselves at the vortex of the culture war.

Just as the state was ground zero for the years-long struggle over same-sex marriage, it now will be the battlefield as many of the same warriors clash over the legal rights of transgender students.

The issue is a new state law that would allow public school students the right to self-designate their gender orientation, regardless of their inborn biological attributes, and be treated accordingly in gender-defined activities.

Opponents, many of them veterans of the same-sex marriage battle, say they have gathered enough signatures to challenge the law via a referendum ballot measure next year.

Frank Schubert, who managed the successful anti-gay-marriage ballot measure drive in California, only to see it overturned in the federal courts, is the primary organizer of the referendum.

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