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CA Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Allowing Children to Have More Than Two Legal Parents


On a busy bill-signing day last Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown gave his signature of approval to legislation that will allow children in the state to have more than two legal parents. LA Times reports that Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) authored the bill to better address the custody and financial responsibilities of same-sex couples who have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.

Mark Leno"Courts need the ability to recognize these changes so children are supported by the adults that play a central role in loving and caring for them," Leno (pictured right) said. "It is critical that judges have the ability to recognize the roles of all parents so that no child has to endure separation from one of the adults he or she has always known as a parent."

The bill was partially a reaction to a 2011 court decision involving a lesbian couple that briefly ended their relationship, according to Leno's office. One of the women was impregnated by a man before the women resumed their relationship. A fight broke out, putting one of the women in the hospital and the other in jail, but the daughter was sent to foster care because her biological father did not have parental rights.

Conservative groups in the state, including the Pacific Justice Institute, opposed the measure on the grounds that it was an attack on the traditional family and would be detrimental to children.

"This is in the long run going to be a mistake," [PJI president Brad] Dacus said. "The ones who are going to pay the price are not the activists, but it's going to be children, who will see greater conflict and indecision over matters involving their well-being."

Brown vetoed a similar bill last year that allowed a judge to recognize a third parent "in the best interest of the child." This year's version was narrower and will allow such a declaration only when the judge finds that failing to recognize more than two parents would be harmful to the child. 

State Senator Mark Leno Explains Why California's New LGBT History Bill is So Important: VIDEO


State Senator Mark Leno, sponsor of the FAIR Education Act in California, which was signed by the Governor yesterday and will require schools to add curriculum about gay history and people to their curriculum, talks to Thomas Roberts about the importance of the bill and what it means to future generations of Americans and questioning LGBT youth.


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CA State Senator Mark Leno Takes Apart Anti-Gay Activist Randy Thomasson's Arguments Against LGBT History Bill: VIDEO


On Alan Colmes radio show, anti-gay activist Randy Thomasson floats a bunch of mistruths and homophobic arguments against the FAIR Education Act, the bill sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk which would teach LGBT history to students in California schools.

State Senator Mark Leno, the bill's sponsor, takes apart Thomasson's arguments.

Watch and listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

As I mentioned this morning, anti-gay religious groups are hammering Brown with calls asking him to veto the bill. Calls are urgently needed to Brown's office requesting he sign the bill.

You can contact Brown's office at 916-445-2841. Ask him to sign SB48, the FAIR Education Act.

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Action Urged on California LGBT History Bill; Call Gov. Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown is being hammered by NOM and other anti-gay groups over Senator Mark Leno's Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48) which passed the Assembly last week and awaits the Governor's signature.

Jerry_brown The bill requires teachers to include LGBT accomplishments in history courses. It also adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's pre-existing anti-discrimination clauses.

The deadline for Brown's signature is Monday and the bill has been on his desk for a week. This has advocates concerned.

Conservatives and religious groups are hammering the governor to veto it, from what I hear, and the word needs to get out to pro-equality people to contact the governor and ask that he sign the bill.

Governor Brown's phone number is 916-445-2841.

Call it, and when the option comes up to express your support for SB48, ask him to SIGN the bill.

California Senate Passes Bill Requiring Students Learn Gay History

Over the weekend, Steve posted about the bill making its way through the California legislature that would require schools teach gay history. The California Senate has advanced that bill, the AP reports:

LenoIf the bill is adopted by the state Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would become the first state to require the teaching of gay history.

Supporters say the move is needed to counter anti-gay stereotypes and beliefs that make children in those groups vulnerable to bullying and suicide. Opponents counter that such instruction would further burden an already crowded curriculum and expose students to a subject that some parents find objectionable.

The legislation, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, passed on a 23-14 party line vote. It also would add disabled people to the curriculum. The bill gives school districts flexibility in deciding what to include in the lessons and at what grades students would receive them.

But starting in the 2013-14 school year, it would prohibit districts and the California Board of Education from using textbooks or other instructional materials that reflect adversely on gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Wrote Steve:

Naturally, wingnuts opposed to the blll have branded it "the worst school sexual indoctrination ever" and "sexual brainwashing." They've already begun an anti-SB 48 campaign wherein they attempt to "scare" fellow bigots into thinking the bill "normalizes homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism." 

Schwarzenegger told 'Kiss My Gay Ass' at SF Democratic Fundraiser


California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger received a hostile reception after showing up announced at a Democratic Party fundraiser at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel last night, including shouts of "you lie" and "kiss my gay ass," reportedly made by State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

Ammiano later said: "This isn't a chamber where someone suffers through. This is our house -- and it's like someone came in and took a big dump. He showed up; it was rude, he got up there and it felt to us that he was trivializing all the issues we care about. You have a few options, and along with the labor people, we walked out."

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