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A contingent of antigay groups is mobilizing to overturn or substantially dilute California's new FAIR Education Law, which requires social science curricula in public schools to include the historical contributions of LGBT people. The bill was introduced by state senator Mark Leno and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in July.
Via Talking Points Memo:
A number of right-wing groups have filed initiatives to repeal the law, or at least gut out the pertinent language, because it teaches kids to "endorse transgenderism, bisexuality, and homosexuality, looking to individuals with these lifestyles as models and viewing their sexual lifestyles positively," according to Stop SB 48.
There are currently five initiatives that have been filed with the state's Attorney General. (Read the report here.)
"We all know that the issue of homosexuality is controversial," said Jack Hibbs, an initiative sponsor. "It is unacceptable to require that our schools shine a spotlight on this lifestyle on the one hand and then demand that history books and teachers censor shortcomings on the other."