AUSTRALIAN  PRAYER  NETWORK  NEWSLETTER – INTERNATIONAL NEWS 21st OCTOBER 2013

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  • NEW POLL SHOWS CO-ED BATHROOMS LAW HEADED FOR DEFEAT IN CALIFORNIA
  • AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION SUSPENDS BOYCOTT AGAINST HOME DEPOT
     

NEW POLL SHOWS CO-ED BATHROOMS LAW HEADED FOR DEFEAT IN CALIFORNIA

A new poll shows that a majority of Californians are poised to reject a law that opens public school showers, bathrooms and locker room facilities to students of the opposite sex based on “gender identity.” The poll conducted by Smith Johnson Research for the Privacy For All Students coalition showed that 51% of voters oppose the recently-enacted law (AB 1266) while only 34% support it. “The results of this poll are extremely encouraging, and show that Californians reject the idea that the most private school facilities should be opened to students of the opposite sex based on a claim of gender identity,” said Karen England, a member of the Privacy For All Students coalition. 

“Even when read the very biased ballot language written by Attorney General Kamala Harris, a large majority of voters reject it.  Most voters surveyed are strongly opposed to this new law.” AB 1266 was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown and takes effect on January 1, 2014 unless a referendum is qualified giving voters the final say. The new law provides that any student shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the student’s actual gender.

Privacy For All Students, a coalition of parents, students, educators and non-profit groups is waging a referendum campaign to put the law enacted by AB 1266 on the ballot where voters could reject it. They must collect approximately 505,000 signatures of voters by early November to force a public vote on the new law. “I have very little doubt that this new law will be rejected by voters if they have the opportunity, assuming a good campaign to explain the law,” said Frank Schubert, president of Mission Public Affairs, LLC and campaign manager for the Privacy For All Students coalition. “California already prohibits discrimination and bullying against transgender students.”

This new law enacted by AB 1266 is a poorly drafted, one-size-fits-all solution that lacks any guidelines or safeguards to balance the interests of all students and to protect their privacy. If the coalition is able to collect sufficient signatures to force a vote, this new law is headed for voter rejection.” Smith Johnson Research conducted a telephone survey of 600 randomly-selected California voters from August 26-29, 2013. Approximately 15% of respondents were reached on their cell phone. The sample was drawn from the registered voter pool and every registered voter had an equal chance of being surveyed. The survey’s margin of error is less than 4% at the 95% confidence level. 

The question wording and results are as follows:  “In an upcoming election you will likely have a chance to vote on a referendum that will approve or reject this law [AB 1266] passed by the State Legislature and signed by Governor Brown. Here is the question as it would appear on the ballot: Referendum to overturn non-discrimination requirements for school programs and activities. A YES vote approves, and a NO vote rejects legislation that would permit elementary/secondary school students to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with the student’s gender identity. 

If the election were held today would you likely vote yes to approve the law or no to reject the law?” 

Strongly yes to approve…………… 22.8%

Somewhat yes to approve………. 12.6%

Total Approve………………………….. 35.4%

Somewhat no to reject…………….. 10.6%

Strongly no to reject…………………. 40.8%

Total Reject……………………………… 51.4%

Undecided………………………………. 13.3%

Source: Privacy for All Students Press Release

 

AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION SUSPENDS BOYCOTT AGAINST HOME DEPOT

Three years ago, when American Family Association (AFA) called for a boycott of Home Depot because of the home improvement company’s support of homosexual activist groups, they knew they were taking on a huge task. After all, Home Depot is a huge company, but AFA also knew they had a lot of friends and supporters who would stand with them. Recently, Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, made this statement:

“I’m glad to report to you that American Family Association is suspending the boycott of Home Depot. After monitoring the company for several months, AFA is satisfied that the company has withdrawn its major financial contributions to gay activist groups and events. I truly believe this is a direct result of the involvement of our supporters. In fact, more than 750,000 people signed the ‘Boycott Home Depot Pledge’ and we commend those who took the time and made the effort to demonstrate that they disagree with the normalization of homosexuality.

“Although Home Depot has made changes, AFA will continue to monitor their behaviour. We suspect Home Depot will publicly deny having made changes, but their actions speak louder than words. American Family Association will continue to challenge major U.S. companies to remain neutral in the culture wars rather than to use their resources to promote an anti-family agenda.”

Source: American Family Association