The bill calls for students to learn about the contribution of gays and lesbians to the economic, political and social development of the state and the nation. Openly gay State Senator Sheila Kuehl is the measure’s author:
“Our community is invisible in all of the teaching materials. Students are never ever given any material about the fact that somebody who did something good was a gay person.”
A hearing on the bill drew more than 25 people opposed, like Karen England of the pro-family Capitol Resource Institute:
“I don’t believe the job of California public schools is to give them the other view, or expose them or change what I’m teaching them about this issue.”
Kuehl’s bill passed out of committee and heads now to the Senate floor.
In the assembly, Republican Dennis Mountjoy has been pushing a measure which would prohibit schools from promoting homosexuality.