Ballot Measure Referendum to Overturn California’s LGBT History Law Gets Green Light

LGBT POV's Karen Ocamb reports that anti-gay efforts to overturned California's recently-passed FAIR Education Act, which requires LGBT curriculum to be taught in public schools, have been approved by the Secretary of State:

Milk The Capitol Resource Institute received the OK today from the California Sec. of State to begin circulating signatures-gathering petitions to place a ballot initiative on the June 2012 ballot to overturn SB 48, the California FAIR Education Act. SB 48 is a natural extension of Harvey Milk Day, requiring public schools to stop discriminating against LGBT people by rendering the LGBT minority invisible in public education. The bill requires schools to start teaching about LGBT history and contributions starting Jan. 1, 2012. Inclusion in California textbooks has been deferred until 2015 because of the economy.

Supporters of the ballot measure must collect 504,000 valid signatures by mid-October. The measure would go on the June 2012 ballot.

Many more details at LGBT POV.

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  1. says

    Shouldn’t this…along with black history…be included in social studies or history classes? Why does everything have to be divided as “lgbt history” or “black history”? How about just including it in “American History”?

  2. ohplease says

    Here’s hoping that EQCA and our other self-appointed gay leaders don’t throw this away the way they threw away marriage equality.

    Hey “leaders”, here’s a suggestion: when the enemy starts telling lies — and they have nothing else to tell but lies — IMMEDIATELY and CONSISTENTLY attack back with the truth. Call them liars and don’t let them frame, own and run the issue with lies. Just don’t.

    I know this will be a brand new approach for you, but, hey, you might want to give it a shot.

  3. ohplease says

    Also: when they start breaking the law — as they always do — you might want to do EVERYTHING in your power to stop them from doing that, unlike the usual strategy of just letting them do whatever the hell they want and then you crying about it later.

    Again — just a suggestion.

  4. JW says

    well it’s dead
    they will have no trouble getting it on the ballot
    and i bet it passes easily
    cf. prop 8 for more details
    imagine the tv ads w/ small kids
    homo agenda indeed
    their worst fears

  5. TampaZeke says

    @JASON, because if you don’t specify that these histories have to be included, they won’t be. I went to a segregated school in Mississippi until the they were forced to integrate. I can assure you that schools in Mississippi would STILL not teach black history if they weren’t being forced to.

    As for this law in California. It’s toast. Californians are scared to death that little Johnny and little Suzy might hear something good about a gay person in school. Just look at how well that fear was played in passing Proposition 8, when we were trying to convince people that schools WOULDN’T be teaching anything gay in schools. Now we’re supposed to win telling them that we ARE going to be teaching kids about gay people in school?

    Contrary to popular belief, California is nothing more than San Francisco and LA and Mississippi in between!

  6. ohplease says

    Attention all crybabies: Prop 8 barely passed, even with EQCA laying down and letting the Mormons tell all the lies and break all the laws they wanted to. Barely passed, even though EQCA did nothing to fight for it. Barely passed, even though we were constantly bombarded with scary Mormon propaganda 24 hours a day.

    All EQCA and all other self-appointed leaders have to do is THEIR JOBS. Look at what their incompetence has done to you. You’ve all given up before the fight’s begun. Because the scary Mormons want to take your lunch money again, you’re already planning to hand over the PIN to your ATM.

    Thanks, EQCA. This is your legacy. By being ineffectual cowards and incompetent idiots with Prop 8 — which, even then, BARELY PASSED — you’ve convinced people that when the Mormons throw a hissy fit it’s our role to roll over and let them do it.

    Man up, people! Has NY taught you nothing? No matter how EQCA mishandles this one, WE are not going to let them be in charge and WE are not going to let the bigots get away with it.

  7. prophet says

    I expect it to pass easily. Leno should have foreseen this, but what’s done is done. We really did not need another hate campaign in California this close to Prop 8. The sad thing is, precious resources really can’t be squandered to fight something like this. There are more important issues at hand.

  8. StillmarriedinCA says

    Yet another example of why the system here in California is completely f’d up. Until the ballot initiative system is abolished, there will never be any real progress. That goes for allocating funds as well as for human rights. We elect legislators to do a job, then we undermine them at every turn by putting everything up to a popular vote. It is a perfect system to make sure government doesn’t work.

  9. says

    The amount of time and energy spent by these conservative groups is amazing, they will not let it rest until they overturn what amounts to teaching kids about the different ways that different people have made contributions to the US,

  10. Gay American says

    well maybe when they start fighting Back…they have a campayne that states exactly what this History lesson will consist of…nothing more, nothing less…and compare & contrast what another commentor said about Black history which was Once Fought against being taught. When we learned black history – It didn’t teach us to be black…just like this won’t teach you to be gay……plain and simple

  11. Zlick says

    Well, then it looks more and more like we should bring marriage equality back to the ballot in 2012. If we’re going to have a battle of civil rights vs. anti-gay anyway, and hope to win – we might as well go for broke and play to win civil rights on both counts, and have anti-gay lose on both counts.

  12. Howard says

    This proposition is based on nothing more than anti-gay animus, and needs to challenged in court right now, before it gets to the ballot box.

  13. SebastianQ says

    Ever since Prop H8 I automatically vote no on any and all propositions. The ballot initiative system is constantly abused and needs to be gone.

  14. NY2.0 says

    For such a great and beautiful state, California’s political process is completely messed up. These constant ballot initiatives are just divisive and regressive. A minority’s rights will near always lose to the majority because it is so easy to demonize what is unknown to an ignorant majority.
    EQCA has got its work cutout for them!

  15. LincolnLounger says

    This is real trouble because the concept is more controversial to some than gay marriage. There are voters who couldn’t care less about gay adults getting married who will be troubled about the subject being subjectively taught in schools. Still others will object to the concept of state mandates on schools who believe that locals know best in their schools.

    By the time the kooks subvert the real concept, I fear doom for this legislation.

    Why bother having a legislature, by the way, if you are just going to “proposition” every subject? California is ungovernable, and they have no one to blame but themselves.

  16. I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff says

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis. When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the “letter”) of the law, but not the intent of those who wrote the law. Conversely, when one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not adhering to the literal wording.

    “Law” originally referred to legislative statute, but in the idiom may refer to any kind of rule. Intentionally following the letter of the law but not the spirit may be accomplished through exploiting technicalities, loopholes, and ambiguous language. Following the letter of the law but not the spirit is also a tactic used by oppressive governments.

  17. chrispy33 says

    @Rowan – I think the CA surfer dudes must have used a little too much peroxide before thinking this one through. I can’t believe they are all that naturally dumb not to have seen this one coming a mile away. This will set things back in CA another 5 years, use up valuable time and money, and for what?

  18. ken says

    The fact that this is on the June ballot means it will pass easily. I hope we don’t waste resources on this, marriage equality needs to be the priority.

  19. bobbyjoe says

    Can’t Californians put up a ballot initiative to ditch ballot initiatives? ‘Cause that is one f***ed up state, and not just on GLBT issues.

    New York has its problems, but, happily, we’re watching Maggie Gallagher pull her hair out here (and engage in more stress eating), ’cause she can’t just run out willy-nilly and slap same-sex marriage on the ballot.

    It’s called “representative democracy” rather than “mob rule.” California ought to give it a shot.

  20. Rin says

    The only “black history” that should be taught is how people of color were treated historically. The only “gay history” that should be taught is how gays were treated historically. I was taught both in school. One in studying slavery, the other when studying about Nazis.

    When a “black” man invents something is not black history. When a gay man does something that is not “gay” history.

    This is history made by people who happened to be __________ but could very easily have been ___________ .

    When you segregate accomplishments it only sends the wrong message. Because then you could say: well more white people did cool things than blacks ergo whites are better or men did more crap than women, ergo women are better.

    It’s just wrong wrong.

    We all share a human experience and each of us accomplish things in our lives not always by virtue of “what” we are or aren’t but by the opportunities in our path.

    What may seem like a great idea is based off of ideological thinking and not rational thinking.

    Whites don’t like blacks better or respect them better because of black history in school, nor do black kids like themselves better because of black history in school because its marginalized by calling it “black” history instead of history.

  21. 14 prop" 8" says

    I had to come to a point where I could love all people but Hate the “SIN”. But I refuse to force teachers to teach my children Sin is ok! Without the consent of Parents! My child Will be sick on that day or suddenly feel like throwing up! What’s next “X” rated movies! or what happens if they want to marry there horse? That is OK too!!!???? God say’s Love the sinner Abhor the or hate the sin uphold “Prop “8”! How many times to we have to vote for Prop ” 8″ !!!!!!

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