governor Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to veto a bill passed
by the state senate that would add the contributions
of gays and lesbians to history textbooks in public
schools. The bill, which is currently pending in the
state assembly, was authored by lesbian state senator Sheila
Kuehl, a Democrat from Santa Monica.
believes that school curriculum should include all
important historical figures, regardless of orientation,"
Schwarzenegger's director of communications, Adam
Mendelsohn, told the SacramentoBee. "However, he does not support the
legislature micromanaging curriculum."
According to the
Bee, the bill had passed the senate on a
22-15 vote on May 11 and was awaiting hearings in the
assembly. Kuehl expressed disbelief that Schwarzenegger, who
traditionally has withheld comment on legislation until it
passes the legislature and reaches his desk, has
broken with his own precedent and made up his mind on
a bill that still hadn't been vetted by one house of
the legislature. "He hasn't made up his mind--I don't
care what some underling might have said," Kuehl
responded. (The Advocate)