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says he will veto gay history bill

says he will veto gay history bill

The California governor plans to veto a senate bill that would add the contributions of gays to history texts.

California 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.

"The governor 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)

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