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California state lawmaker Mark Leno
Lawmakers in the state of California are proposing a law that would require schools to portray lesbians, homosexuals, transsexuals and those who have chosen other alternative sexual lifestyles as positive role models to children in all public schools there.
Openly homosexual, Leno boasts on his website of founding a business with his “life partner, Douglas Jackson,” who later died of AIDS complications.
That description as “worst” is considerable, considering the organization, SaveCalifornia.com, was a key player in the battle in the state in 2007 and 2008 over a variety of laws that now forbid any “adverse” portrayal of those alternative sexual choices in school, class, curriculum and by teachers.
On its website, the organization explains the plan by “homosexual activist” Leno “would require all students in social studies class to admire ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender’ role models.
“The Democrat state legislators pushing this radical bill want to recruit boys and girls to support the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda, personally and publicly,” the organization’s Action Alert explains.
“They want them to become ‘LGBTIQ’ activists [and] help trample religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, business-owner rights, private property rights, the Boy Scouts, and everything else you hold dear.”
Equality California, an organization that advocates for homosexuality, said others sponsoring the plan include Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego; Assembly member Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco; Assembly member Toni Atkins, D-San Diego; Assembly member Rich Gordon, D-San Mateo; and Assembly member Ricardo Lara, D-East Los Angeles.
On his state website, Leno expressed his worry: “Most textbooks don’t include any historical information about the LGBT movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history.
“Our collective silence on this issue perpetuates negative stereotypes of LGBT people and leads to increased bullying of young people. We can’t simultaneously tell youth that it’s OK to be yourself and live an honest, open life when we aren’t even teaching students about historical LGBT figures or the LGBT equal rights movement,” he said.
He said it is confirmed that where schools promote homosexual lifestyles, those who exhibit that lifestyle “are treated more fairly by their teachers and peers.”
But SaveCalifornia.com, which teaches people to stand up for “what’s right in God’s sight” and encourages them to challenge “liberal forces” and “impact the next generation,” is promoting a campaign to have state residents contact state officials with their own concerns
“Children will be enticed into political activism in support of everything pushed by ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning’ political groups, as the bill requires ‘particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.’”
Further, it would require that “teachers will be made to positively portray homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriages,’ bisexuality, and transsexuality … because to be silent opens them up to the charge of ‘reflecting adversely.’”
“This is radical, in-your-face sexual indoctrination that parents genuinely don’t want and children certainly don’t need,” the statement says.
The California Legislative Counsel’s commentary on the plan affirms it would “require instruction in social sciences to also include a study of the role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans … to the development of California and the United States.”
It also would require “alternative and charter schools” to “take notice of the provisions of this bill.”
The law itself requires that schools teach “particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”
SaveCalifornia.com, run by executive Randy Thomasson, notes that it would demand that school boards select textbooks and other materials that actively promote homosexuality, because to be silent “opens them up to charges of ‘reflecting adversely.’”
It also notes parents would not be able to exempt their children from the mandatory teaching.
Thomasson told WND that this is the next progression following a multitude of earlier laws adopted in California that serve the dual purpose of cracking down on traditional families and promoting the “alternatives.”
“The California public schools are no longer safe places for boys and girls morally,” he told WND. “This new bill, SB 48, reflects the desire of the Democrat state legislators to recruit boys and girls to support the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda both personally and publicly.”
Under the law, he said, “textbooks, teachers and school boards will be forced to promote homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriage,’ bisexuality, transsexuality, sex change operations, cross dressing as positive role models.”
“Pushing this slop bucket in the face of impressionable kids is disgusting to most people,” he said.
That followed work by the legislature and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to establish Senate Bill 777 and Assembly Bill 394 as law. Those institutionalized the promotion of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle choices by banning any “adverse” references in schools.
Homosexual former San Francisco leader Harvey Milk
At the time, officials said SB 777 “functionally requires public school instructional materials and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, homosexual ‘marriages,’ and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, including so-called ‘gay history.’”
The second bill, AB 394, “requires public schools to distribute controversial material to teachers, students, and parents which promotes transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality, all under the guise of ‘anti-harassment’ training.”
Those laws ban in any school texts, events, class or activities any discriminatory bias against those who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles, according to Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute.
But there are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs. Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.
The bill designates May 22 – Milk’s birthday – a date of “special significance” and encourages all California public schools to “conduct suitable commemorative exercises … remembering the life of Harvey Milk and recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state.”