California Panel Backs Teaching 'Sexual Diversity'; Bill Expected to Pass Legislature, May Face Veto from Governor
Byline: Joyce Howard Price, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The California State Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill this week that would require public schools to teach students in all grades about the contributions homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals have made to society.
SB 1437, which passed Tuesday by all three Democrats on the Senate panel, would also mandate that California schools buy textbooks that "accurately" portray "the sexual diversity of our society."
The bill initially prohibited the state school board or any governing board from adopting any "textbook or instructional materials ... that reflect adversely" on any sexual behavior. But it was later specifically amended to require positive portrayals of homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals in all curricula.
Given the measure requires only a majority vote in both the Senate and the Assembly, it is expected to pass both chambers. Then it would go to the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican who does not take a position on a bill before it passes the Legislature, an aide said yesterday.
"If Arnold Schwarzenegger wants conservative voters to support his re-election bid, he can't afford to sign these radical sexual indoctrination bills targeting schoolchildren. ... The governor should prepare his veto pen," Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families (CCF), a Sacramento-based group that opposes SB 1437, said in a statement. …