A member of the Delta County School Board in Colorado has defended criticizing a proposed policy which seeks to protect transgender students.

During the board's October meeting, Katherine Svenson cited laws in California and Massachusetts that allow transgender students access to the restroom of their choice.

After passing out to members an issue of the Education Reporter, a publication of the Christian conservative Eagle Forum, Svenson said: “I would like to pass out something that shows people what is going on in the rest of the country. Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is. I just want to emphasize: Not in this district. Not until the plumbing's changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here.”

Svenson's comments provoked a backlash. But in an interview with CBS affiliate Newschannel 5, Svenson stood her ground.

“I don't have a problem if some boys think they are girls,” she said. “I'm just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they're not going to go in [the] girls locker rooms.”

Assistant superintendent Kurt Clay told the television station that he disagreed with the Svenson's views.

“We truly believe in Delta County School District that every student has different needs,” Clay said. “And that we are here to address those individual needs.”