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Historic Civil Rights Field Trip Slammed by Same-Sex Marriage Foes

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The Protect Marriage campaign (which is behind the misleading "Yes on 8" ads that claim same-sex marriage would force schools and religion to adopt some sort of 'homosexual agenda') is infuriated that a group of first-graders went on a field trip to San Francisco City Hall to watch their teacher get legally married to her partner.

Video link HERE.

The SF Chronicle reports: "The 18 Creative Arts Charter School students took a Muni bus and walked a block at noon to toss rose petals and blow bubbles on their just-married teacher Erin Carder and her wife Kerri McCoy, giggling and squealing as they mobbed their teacher with hugs. Mayor Gavin Newsom, a friend of a friend, officiated. A parent came up with the idea for the field trip - a surprise for the teacher on her wedding day. 'She's such a dedicated teacher,' said the school's interim director Liz Jaroslow."

Yeson8The trip was justified by the school as an observation of a moment of historic and civil rights significance — a same-sex marriage.

Prop 8 supporters are, of course, labeling it "indoctrination." Said Yes on 8 spokesperson Chip White: "It's just utterly unreasonable that a public school field trip would be to a same-sex wedding. This is overt indoctrination of children who are too young to have an understanding of its purpose."

In related news, lawyers are warning stations across California that a "Yes on 8" ad released by Protect Marriage last week is false and misleading and stations are being urged not to air it.

The ad in question, which I posted last week, you can check out again AFTER THE JUMP...

Class surprises lesbian teacher on wedding day [sf chronicle]
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  1. "Prop 8 supporters are, of course, labeling it "indoctrination." "

    You mean like how children are regularly dragged into churches of all faiths and religions (Christian, Scientology, etc.)long before they can understand the words and the meaning of what goes on there, but they are seduced by the music and the pretty colors and the fantastical lies until, by the time they can think for themselves, they don't think there is anything wrong with pledging your life to and worshipping some imaginary puff of smoke who "created the universe" and then destroys parts of it every time he gets his panties in a wad?

    You mean indoctrination like that??

    So the choice is to indoctrinate children to love and respect others or to indoctrinate them to believe it's okay to hate and abuse fags?

    Yes on 8
    Yes on Hate!

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Oct 13, 2008 1:47:22 PM


  2. "Prop 8 supporters are, of course, labeling it "indoctrination." "

    You mean like how children are regularly dragged into churches of all faiths and religions (Christian, Scientology, etc.)long before they can understand the words and the meaning of what goes on there, but they are seduced by the music and the pretty colors and the fantastical lies until, by the time they can think for themselves, they don't think there is anything wrong with pledging your life to and worshipping some imaginary puff of smoke who "created the universe" and then destroys parts of it every time he gets his panties in a wad?

    You mean indoctrination like that??

    So the choice is to indoctrinate children to love and respect others or to indoctrinate them to believe it's okay to hate and abuse fags?

    Yes on 8
    Yes on Hate!

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Oct 13, 2008 1:48:18 PM


  3. It sounds like this was a parent's idea and I'm guessing the school got permission slips for each student to go on the field trip.

    The RRs are fond of claiming "parent's rights" in the education of their children. I would dare say the parent's were asked and okayed it.

    Posted by: Ed | Oct 13, 2008 1:55:32 PM


  4. The wingnutdaily folks are foaming at the mouth in their rage at this. Check out the poll:
    http://forums.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=195

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Oct 13, 2008 2:03:31 PM


  5. OK, parents have to approve of their children going on a field trip. So, how is the private decision of parents any business of these bigots?
    ------

    The battle over marriage has to be decided on the federal level for GLBT Americans to have marriages that are recognized nationwide and to overcome state bans. We have to look to the Civil Rights movement and how its architects won.

    In Congress, we can get DOMA overturned along with DADT and passage of ENDA. Obama says that he can get civil unions passed. That's a start and a, sad but realistic view, of American politics.

    That's why we have to focus on the Supreme Court! Please remember that we need to get liberal judges on the Supreme Court. The current liberals on the Court are elderly and will retire soon.

    At the moment, the Court has 4 liberal judges and 5 conservatives. One of the conservatives, Anthony Kennedy, is slightly moderate. The remaining ones like Scalia are hostile to gay rights. Read their dissenting opinions on overturning sodomy laws.

    If Obama can appoint younger justices to replace the retiring liberal judges that's great. That makes the fight easier. But the real struggle comes down to replacing one of the 5 conservatives. That would shift the Court back to a more receptive balance for legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

    Posted by: noah | Oct 13, 2008 2:05:24 PM


  6. If you read the SF Chronicle article that Andy linked, it explicitly states that parents had to give their permission for their children to take part in the field trip (not to mention the fact that it was apparently a parent who had the idea for the trip in the first place!) Two families chose to opt out, and their kids stayed at school with another first grade class. So in other words: NONE of the kids who participated in this field trip did so without their parents' knowledge or permission.

    Maybe these "family values" bigots would like to explain why they think they're more entitled to make decisions for these kids than the KIDS' OWN PARENTS?

    Posted by: Sasha | Oct 13, 2008 2:15:29 PM


  7. I fail to see how a wedding is of "educational significant"? Its an idiotic field trip and crosses the line of what the school should be doing.

    @MikeinSanJose
    Parents are free to "indoctrinate" their children in whatever religion they see fit. I was raised catholic as were my brothers. But my parents gave us a choice when I hit 16 and I am now an atheist. What do you consider the alternative? Government making the choices?

    Posted by: yoshi | Oct 13, 2008 2:41:44 PM


  8. Exceptionally good hearted people were behind this but this single act, a textbook example of unintended consequences, is likely to cause Prop 8 to pass by a landslide. It could have not come at a worst time——within days of saturation broadcasts of the pro 8 ad showing film of Mayor Newsom unfortunately saying "[gay marriage] is coming whether you like it or not" and warning of children being indoctrinated.

    It was unfathomably stupid, only topped by the couple allowing the Chronicle to videotape the marriage cememony, conducted by Newsom, which was then juxtaposed with shots of the kids throwing rose petals at them as they exited City Hall. Californians, look for those scenes in a pro 8 ad on your TV soon.

    MINDBOGGLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why not rape some elderly nuns with rolled up anti 8 signs and film that while you're at it?

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Oct 13, 2008 2:58:00 PM


  9. This is a battle of perceptions... whoever brings their ideas first and louder to the public wins, no matter if it even wrong.

    Now does the teacher really needs those children throwing petals for their wedding? This I'm sure can be perceived in different ways, but in the middle of a fight the main issue is being distorted. Im just scared that this is being used in a very different way that is really not helpful. Now we have to explain this instead of focusing in one issue -- marriage equality!!! other than this, let us just be very careful how we do it...

    Anyway, whatever happens, their wedding caught some attention and they have a great romantic wedding with her students throwing petals and after Nov. 4, because of wrong perception, others can't marry at all!

    Now, I really wish I am very wrong.

    Posted by: erick | Oct 13, 2008 3:12:36 PM


  10. The bottom line is that these wingnuts hate gay people and don't want anyone to be accepting of that lifestyle. They want to control what children are taught in school and if it doesn't agree with their narrow vision of the world, it isn't acceptable. They know that THEIR kids will be exposed to pro-gay views THROUGH OTHER CHILDREN. Sucks to be them! Game over, even if they somehow, someway convince folks to vote for their ridiculous hateful initiative, they will lose. It is just a matter of time. I disagree that this is going to help the prop-8 folks. It shows that some parents are accepting and reasonable about this. Bravo for them!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 13, 2008 3:13:17 PM


  11. What? Now granted I have issue with it happening during school hours without the parents present (because that is a family affair issue); however if the parents signed off on the field trip then no politician has a right to bitch about indoctrination because education is the parents responsibility, not the politicians and preachers.Especially in the schools I went to if a teacher got married or died you didnt just have their class show up but the whole school and then most alumni as well. Our teachers for the most part were just that awesome.

    6th grader "Hey mom and dad my first grade teacher is getting married tomorrow. Can I go?"
    Parents "Sure son who is Mr. Westbank getting married to?"
    6th grader "His boyfriend for the last like seven years. You remember the guy who always brought us cookies in the afternoon?
    Parents "Sure son. What time is the wedding?"
    6th grader "That is his life partner, Tom"
    Parents "We will go with you. What do you want to give them for a gift?"

    Furthermore it is a charter school the rules and administration are different than at public and especially private schools but as long as the parents signed off on it then there is no issue.

    Posted by: MRev. Kenneth White, Jnr. | Oct 13, 2008 3:26:18 PM


  12. Wonderful!

    My husband and I were overjoyed to have my 5 nieces, 1 nephew, and a friend's set of twins (yep, that's 8 kids, all under 5) at our ceremony in June in DC.

    They were the life of the party, believe you me.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Oct 13, 2008 3:52:53 PM


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