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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Attempt to Kill California's LGBT History Law Fails

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM


Today marks another small victory for the LGBT commuity. A petition to repeal the law that requires California public schools to teach about the LGBT community's historical contributions has failed again.

The second petition to repeal the gay history law did not attain the half-million signatures that it needed to put a ballot measure on the 2014 ballot. The petition, which focused largely on getting signatures from church attendees, had a mere 446,000 signatures by yesterday's deadline.

Senate Bill 48, which took effect in January of this year, says that California public schools must provide "a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society," SFist reported.

Supporters of the bill argued that if kids have to learn about gay history, including beloved S.F. Supervisor Harvey Milk, it might help to curb anti-gay stereotypes and foster a safer society for bullied gay youth.

Due to the need for new textbooks and other material to incorporate this lesson, most school districts have yet to incorporate this new curriculum requirement, according to the Associated Press. The legislation has pushed back the requirement of schools to adopt the necessary materials to 2015.

This is Stop SB48's second failure to repeal the law; the anti-gay group's first attempt to put the measure on the 2012 ballot also did not qualify. Good to know there aren't enough bigoted gay-bashers out there to get this petition passed. Or at least not enough who are registered to vote.

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