After some hedging, State Senator Cathleen Galgiani, (D-Stockton), an out lesbian, Wednesday (July 3) voted for Assembly Bill 1266, gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s (D-San Francisco) measure designed to ensure that transgender students have equal and full access to programs and facilities on the basis of their gender identity.
Thomas Lawson, Galgiani’s deputy chief of staff, said early Wednesday afternoon “I don’t think we’ve ascertained” how she’ll vote on the bill. “We’re still looking at the bill” and “she hasn’t chosen a side at this point,” he said.
After she voted for AB 1266, Lawson said he didn’t know if there was anything specific that finally led to her decision, but “I think she felt like it was an appropriate time to support the bill.”
The bill will now head to Governor Jerry Brown.
Asked about the prospects of Brown signing the bill into law, Ammiano spokesman Carlos Alcala said, “We don’t know. It’s a step-by-step process the way we approach things. The governor is now the next step, and we have to start looking at that. He doesn’t often tip his hand. We’ll have to see if we can have some discussions between our staff and his staff and see if we can find out where he’s leaning, but we might not know until he signs it or vetoes it, and that’s frequently the case.”
Before Wednesday’s vote, Lawson said he didn’t think Galgiani was worried about how voters in her district, which has a reputation for being conservative, might react if she voted in favor of a bill supportive of transgender students.
“She’s a member of the LGBT community, and residents of District 5 knew that when they elected her to the state Senate,” Lawson said. “… She wants to make sure she’s doing her job as a state senator.”
The vote was 21-9, with eight senators not voting.