This Fall, opponents of California’s Gay Curriculum Lesson Law are gathering signatures for a ballot referendum by October 12th to repeal a new law requiring California public schools to teach gay history, KABC reports.

The gay curriculum law, Senate Bill 48, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in July of this year, is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2012 and be fully implemented by the ’15-’16 school year.

The law requires that social studies classes in California public schools include gay history in America, proposing that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, be recognized among other social and ethnic groups whose contributions have made a significant impact on American society. The law also would prohibit the distribution of material with a perceived adverse effect on gays.

Advocates of SB 48 believe the new law will create a safer environment that is more accepting of gay students, while bringing an awareness of the LGBT communities’ role within the larger culture. Contrarily, the conservative viewpoint disapproves, saying it would teach children to accept homosexuality.

Referendum supporters have until October 12th to obtain 504,760 signatures to prevent the California’s Gay Curriculum Lesson Law from going into effect.

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  • SAA

    “Advocates of SB 48 believe the new law will create a safer environment that is more accepting of gay students, while bringing an awareness of the LGBT communities’ role within the larger culture. Contrarily, the conservative viewpoint disapproves, saying it would teach children to accept homosexuality.”

    I definitely agree with the above statement and hope the law is repealed. There is a definite agenda here, one of forced acceptance however I believe tolerance should be taught. There is a huge difference between acceptance and tolerance. While I can tolerate someone’s choice of lifestyle, I by no means have to accept it. Instead of it being mandatory I feel that parents should be able to choose whether their child can opt out of this class, like there is the choice to opt out of SexEd courses in some schools.

    • Felicia

      Do you think parents should be able to opt out of African American history lessons too?

  • Water

    I hope the law is definitely NOT repealed. I think the idea of implementing GLBTQ history into classrooms is great. Why should we keep HISTORY out of children’s education? No, not even history, REALITY? After all, the GLBTQ movement has definitely had a heavy impact in our society for the past couple of decades. Pretending like it has never existed (or still exists) is just keeping our society dimwitted. Conservatives and those who are more religiously inclined than others (not all, but many) need to realize that not everyone shares their views. Before anyone says this law needs to be repealed, they need to take a look at what history lessons were once left out of schools’ curriculum: Black American history and the Black diaspora, Latino history, AND Asian history. These were all left out at some point. Only after the Civil Rights movements took place were any of these lessons implemented. In fact, in some classrooms these histories aren’t even taught! Not everybody is going to agree with homosexuality but tolerance should definitely be taught. I truly believe that putting in a GLBTQ history segment will help future generations be more tolerant and possibly accepting of others and how they identify. And I would just like to say that homosexuality is NOT a choice. So many people who are in the GLBTQ community can’t even come out to the world because of the consequences that may follow. Who would choose to be harassed, tortured, and sometimes killed because of who they love…..on purpose?

    • Dao

      Amen to that Water. All the way…

  • Alexandra

    I think it’s a great idea. We learn about Black History, Women History as well as the predominately White & male history. Gay History is history too, and it has it’s place is American history overall. We learn about history, so it’s not repeated. To this day people think it’s ok to attack someone for the sexuality I think it’s needed.