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Effort Launched to Repeal Calif. LGBT Education Law

Effort Launched to Repeal Calif. LGBT Education Law

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A coalition of right-wing groups calling itself Stop SB 48 plans to launch a petition drive to put a measure before California voters asking them to repeal the recently passed state law requiring public schools to teach about the contributions of LGBT people.

Senate Bill 48, sponsored by state senator Mark Leno (pictured) was signed into law this month by Gov. Jerry Brown, and it is set to take effect January 1. On its website the coalition claims the law, among other things, "forces schools to use a social science curriculum that promotes the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lifestyles that undermine traditional family relationships."

The website describes Stop SB 48 as "a coalition of pro-family organizations, parents, students, teachers and more." Groups involved in the effort include the Pacific Justice Institute and Capitol Resource Family Impact. They filed papers last week with the state attorney general's office to obtain an official title and summary for the measure; once the office issues that, they would have 90 days to collect 505,000 valid signatures to put the question before voters next year. The coalition is already seeking volunteers and donations.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.