Jelly Belly Chairman Herman Rowland Sr. has left a very sour taste in our mouth after it was revealed he had donated $5,000 to an effort to repeal California’s first-in-the-nation transgender student law, known as Assembly Bill 1266.
The bill was signed into law in August by Governor Jerry Brown, and requires public schools to allow transgender K-12 students access to the restroom and locker room of their choice.
Rowland issued a check to the “Privacy Of All Students” campaign, which aims to gather enough signatures to put a repeal of the School Success and Opportunity Act on the ballot in 2014.
On Top Magazine reports:
According to Frontiers, the donation was posted on the Secretary of State’s website.
The donation has provoked a Change.org petition from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), which lobbied for the law.
“Stop hurting transgender students by funding the effort to overturn California’s new School Success and Opportunity Act,” reads the petition, which is addressed to Rowland. “This law ensures that transgender students are allowed to participate in school programs and activities just like every other boy and girl.”
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation’s most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, has endorsed the repeal effort and lent its political director, Frank Schubert, to head the campaign.