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Call for Action on FAIR Education Act from the Courage Campaign: VIDEO


A new message from the Courage Campaign:

The same crowd who passed Prop 8 are getting desperate. Now, they want to put a question on the ballot here in California that would overrule SB48, known as the FAIR Education Act. The new law, passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, would require that schools include movements like the push to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the historical contributions of LGBT people in social science lessons. People like Bayard Rustin, Harvey Milk, Billie Jean King and Walt Whitman.

We've already seen our opponents use the old "turn your kids gay" scare tactic to try and collect signatures. It'll be like Prop 8 all over again if we don't keep this measure from qualifying. They need to collect over 500,000 signatures by October 12, 2011. We have a chance to stop them. Californians are tired of wasting money on ballot fights that hurt people, and we're tired of the right-wing targeting our family, friends, and community.


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  1. And how do they plan to stop them?

    Posted by: Ezam | Sep 14, 2011 12:41:16 AM

  2. Yes, it would be nice to stop this before it qualifies for the ballot, but I'm not sure how that's done. Sure, Courage Campaign wants contributions to spend a fortune on TV buys. But that's an odd proposition - advertising to get people to NOT sign something when they may or may not come across it.

    In fact, absent intercepting people at supermarkets where these petitions are, and fanning out across the state to talk to people face-to-face every place that our opponents are doing the same in order to get those signatures, I don't see how this could possibly work.

    Posted by: Zlick | Sep 14, 2011 12:50:57 AM

  3. Look, I'm gay and I am completely against this silly legislative act.

    1. It serves no useful purpose to the cause of freedom for gays to marry. In fact it is quite counter-productive.

    2. The state should never dictate local curriculum. It's not a good precedent to set.

    3. The state should never force feed the people anything they don't want.

    4. why antagonize ourselves to the straights just so we can say that Oscar wild was gay or perhaps Alexander the Great. It is totally innane.

    I'm not surprised though... the California Assemply is filled with the most idiotic morons I've yet to see in government. Unfortunately, they mostly come from the Democratic side of the aisle.


    Posted by: Stephen Lyle | Sep 14, 2011 2:36:59 AM

  4. 2. The state should never dictate local curriculum. It's not a good precedent to set.


    You do realize every state has school board which governs down to the textbook what students in that state learn in school.

    Stephen, you sound very fearful of straights being "exposed" to their gay fellow Americans. I wonder why.

    Replace the word gay with that of any minority group over the past 100 years and you'll see how ridiculous you sound.

    All history is worthy of being taught, of learning. And the point of history is not to keep telling the same facts and events over and over again, but to add and find new ones to add to the annals of human history.

    Posted by: Gino | Sep 14, 2011 3:19:33 AM

  5. Yes, Stephen Lyle, I'm sure you're totally gay.

    Well, Andy, you're getting comment-bombed by our corporate masters' lackies more and more each day. I guess you've really arrived.

    Posted by: ohplease | Sep 14, 2011 5:30:08 AM

  6. I'm not sure commenter Stephen Lyle has thought this through (or thinks at all.)

    Take Harvey Milk, for example:

    First, it is historically important to teach about the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the US.

    History classes teach about "firsts" ... the 1st woman to vote, to be elected to specific public offices, to be nominated for VP of the USA, the 1st black man elected, first woman and black man appointed to Supreme Court - because they represent significant cultural milestones in our History.

    The Milk events also set off, historically speaking, an important and fascinating cultural/political ripple effect that is still felt today in both CA and the USA, as well as in criminal defense strategy across the US.

    It begins with the assassination of two California politicians (history worth mentioning, in and of itself); then Diane Feinstein, without legislative or legal precedent, names herself Mayor of SF, garners a national spotlight, and sets herself on the road to become the still current and Senior US Senator from California; Dan White's trial leads to the Twinkie Defense and the White Night Riots.

    These events, which began in the mid-1970's, continue to affect California today, if only as they relate to Senator Feinstein. It's one piece of history certainly worth teaching.

    The local curriculum comment is just naive and provincial.

    One heavily Catholic district teaching that Father Serra was a good man who helped "civilize" California's indians and teach how to live off the land, while the the district next door teaches that he was a sadist who forced his religion upon a native population while enslaving them to work in his missions? Ludicrous.

    Posted by: mike | Sep 14, 2011 10:19:33 AM

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