Sacramento Update

Gender Identity Liberty and Freedom Act could be heading to voters

A Los Angeles artist has proposed a new ballot initiative to add protections for gender identity to the California Constitution.

Illma Gore submitted paperwork to the state attorney general proposing a ballot initiative to add a new section to the state Constitution declaring “free exercise and enjoyment of gender identity without discrimination or preference are guaranteed.”

The initiative is dubbed the Gender Identity Liberty and Freedom Act.

There is a 30-day public comment period on Gore’s proposal.

The state Department of Finance and the Legislative Analyst’s Office also have 50 days to prepare a fiscal impact analysis of the proposal.

After a title and summary are issued, Gore has 180 days to gather 585,407 valid signatures to qualify the proposed initiative for the ballot.

Gore said volunteers are starting to prepare for the signature-gathering process.

The initiative would essentially make LGBT rights the same as religious rights in the Constitution, said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor who specializes in election law.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

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