Conservatives in California launch fight against gay history law

Tue. July 26, 2011 11:45 PM by News Staff

Sacramento, Calif. - Conservatives in California have gotten the legal green light to push a ballot referendum that would overturn a law requiring public schools to teach gay and lesbian history.

The law, SB48, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month. It adds gays, lesbians and the disabled to a long list of other required history topics, including women, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Asian-Americans, entrepreneurs and union members.

Conservatives said that politicians need to be focusing on finding money to pay for school books, not worrying about what's in those books.

"SB 48 costs too much and goes to far," the group said on their website. "The bill undermines family, community, and responsibility by diverting school resources from academic pursuits to promote the political agenda of bisexuals, transgender individuals, and homosexuals. It uses all social science curriculum, including history books and other instructional materials, to teach children as young as five not only to accept but also to endorse transgenderism, bisexuality, and homosexuality, looking to individuals with these lifestyles as models and viewing their sexual lifestyles positively."

Opponents of the gay history law need 504,760 signatures by mid-October to make it on to the next ballot.