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Schwarzenegger Approved Gay Rights Bills, But Not Transgender Ones

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Although two major gay rights bills were signed by Governor Schwarzenegger this weekend, two dealing with transgender issues were vetoed. One would have aided transgender people to revise their birth certificates and the other would have provided protections for transgender people in prison. "AB 1185 will allow individuals who were born in California but are now living elsewhere and have surgically changed their gender, to obtain a revised birth certificate that indicates their new gender," according to bill author Ted Lieu's website. "Also known as the Equal ID Act, AB 1185 will make certain that every Californian will have the freedom and liberty to be true to his or herself."

San Francisco's Tom Ammiano wanted to give transgender people more protections when they entered prison. Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill saying it was superfluous.

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