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CA Anti-Gay Ballot Effort Floundering?

CA Anti-Gay Ballot Effort Floundering?

 

Opponents of SB48, California’s new education law that would call on schools to fairly and accurately portray the historic contributions of LGBTs in the curriculum, have launched a ballot initiative to repeal the law because they say it is indoctrination. However, recent reports suggest their efforts may not be getting the backing from the big religious groups whose financial support they will need to put the law up for a public vote.

From the Associated Press:

Organizers of the Stop SB48 campaign— Senate Bill 48 was the law approved by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July — are telling would-be voters the new mandate would inappropriately expose young children to sex, infringe on parental rights and silence religion-based criticisms of homosexuality. Those are talking points successfully used by proponents of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California.

But so far, Mormon and Catholic church leaders and conservative groups who spearheaded the Proposition 8 campaign have not joined the effort to qualify the gay history referendum for the June 2012 ballot, leaving less-experienced Christian conservatives to lead the charge without the organizational prowess and funding to hire paid signature gatherers.

Political operatives say they can’t recall any citizens’ initiative that made the state ballot without professional petition circulators in almost three decades.

“If someone wrote a million-dollar check, we would be guaranteed to get this on the ballot,” said Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus, whose legal aid firm wrote the proposed measure and is co-sponsoring the signature-gathering effort. “That’s not the case at this point… We are counting on people in churches and communities and families making the extra effort to get it done.”

Governor Jerry Brown signed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act in July.

The legislation is designed to address gaps in California’s current school textbooks. The FAIR Education Act amends California’s Education Code to include instruction on the contributions of LGBTs, disability rights advocates; racial justice organizations and many other groups who were important in the shaping of history yet have been left out of the curriculum.

The legislation also prohibits discriminatory instruction or discriminatory materials from being used by the State Board of Education. It is hoped that this legislation may also help to passively combat bullying as children learn that LGBTs and other minority groups are very much part of society and have been throughout history.

Groups opposing the legislation have fallen back on old anti-LGBT tactics of missinformation and missdirection, charging that the legislation will lead to the indoctrination of children, that it is costly at a time when the state cannot afford such changes (even though changes to textbooks won’t be made until 2014 at the earliest), and that the legislation is being used simply as a means to push a ‘liberal,’ ‘gay’ agenda in schools.

One such video campaign launched by the Family Research Council — a designated hate group known for its anti-gay agenda — has been taken to task for its buffet of untruths.

Knowing how powerful the “think of the children” meme proved to be where California’s Proposition 8 battle was concerned, the impetus for supporters of the law is now to point out the flaws and flat out lies in the anti-SB48 campaigns.

As such, below is a video made by SB48 supporter Sean Chapin where he goes through the Family Research Council campaign video point by point and explains how the religious conservative group is misleading its audience.

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California Senate Passes LGBT-Inclusive Education Bill

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1:28PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Annmari: what makes you think I have an obsession to gay perverts prancing in their underwear? The last march that was held her in LA, the news showed a bunch of gay perverts prancing in their pink tutus and lavender underwear. If anything, I'm the best friend a gay can have. I'm trying to tell them to clean up their act, put in a suit or march fully closed and you'll be taken more seriously.

8:18PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Noted!

10:45PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

It's because of people like richard b., we need legislation like SB48. And, richard, just out of curiosity, this obsession you have with half naked men, it haven't occured to you that you're actually gay? I mean, which self-proclaimed heterosexual man would be so obsessed with men marching in their underwear?

9:47PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Janice, I'm not close minded I just have too much of a problem with the way many gay men live especially those that held public office. The one I'm referring to is harvey milk. According to a book: Life and times of harvey milk, written by a gay autho,r Harvey Milk engaged in gay sex with underaged young men on drugs. If gay education gets allowed to be taught at our schools, our children will be taught about this pervert. Why is it necessary to bring up a person's sexual preference at any school? Was Lincoln known as the great hetero president that freed the slaves? Was the great President Ronald Regan known for his heterosexual tendencies? No.

2:26PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Richard B,
I feel so sorry that your mind is so closed. I will not try to convince you of any other piece of mind.
I ALSO don't think that you should be allowed to influence any public school to delete any education that would turn our Kids in to open minded citizens. OR, just send your kids to private school, where books are banned, women are oppressed and they get tossed out in the 8th grade when the head preacher says they have enough education.

11:28PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Bruce C: It's difficult for me to be mean to a guy, gay or straight whose cat sleeps on the bed with him, LOL. My cat sleeps on my bed too. Well, you're not that bad of a gay afterall.

12:54PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Well Bruce, just goes to show the mindset of a perverted gay man you are. It has become obvious to me that acting inappropriate is the norm among gay males. It's true gay men and hetero men are not of the same gender in my mind. We have more in common with lesbians.
We heterosexuals have just begun the fight against this "gay indoctrinations" of our children. Never will my children be taught about that pervert harvey milk, harry hay or any other one of the bathhouse dwellers. You choose to be gay, it's your pregative, but leave our children alone!

1:50PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Richard B. thank you for exposing your ignorance and prejudice in the very first sentence of your last post. At least everyone who reads your comments from now on will know who you are and what you stand for.

As for teaching children the history of everyone, not just people like Richard B., it can only help our nation continue to be a light of democracy. When we learn about the people around us and how they have contributed to our country, it becomes difficult to be prejudiced against them.

11:36PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Excuse me but I don't consider gay males to be of my gender, men that are attracted to the opposite sex are of my gender. And yes, gay men are indeed ruining it for lesbians. I have friends that are lesbians and they often mention their disgust with the way many gay men behave. They see you as a disgrace. As I mentioned, portray yourselves in a decent manner, stop marching in your underwear and you'll be taken more serious.

8:39PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

lol. congratulations, you succeeded in being sexist against your own gender.
lesbians aren't being deprived of their rights. the gay rights movement is progressing with support for both men and women, regardless of any bigots out there.

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