A judge is ordering the state to accept around 5,000 signatures from voters who oppose the new transgender student law.  

The secretary of state had disqualified the petitions because they were late, but Thursday the judge said the deadline was on a Sunday followed by Veterans Day so the petitions received on Tuesday were actually on time.  

Opponents are trying to overturn the new law that allows transgender students to use the restrooms and join sports teams that reflect their chosen gender.  

California counties have until Jan. 8, to verify the petitions.