California Senate panel moves ahead controversial measure
A California legislative committee has passed a bill to defund schools that don’t promote transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality on campus.
In a strict party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled California Senate Education Committee approved 7-2 the bill authored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, a Los Angeles Democrat.
State funds make up about two-thirds of public school budgets.
Testifying against AB 606 was Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, a leading California-based pro-family organization.
“This is the first time in history the Democrats have pushed a bill that threatens to arbitrarily yank school funding,” Thomasson told the committee. “By financially punishing schools that don’t promote transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality to students, AB 606 is even worse than the other sexual indoctrination bill that the governor said he’ll veto.”
On May 24, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office announced he would veto SB 1437, which would make direct curriculum changes promoting transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality.
Thomasson asserts that, in contrast, AB 606 “alters educational materials through the back door.” Thomasson said if Schwarzenegger vetoes the bill, the governor could earn back some of the conservative support lost by his recent appearance at a fund-raiser for homosexual-activist Republicans, who favor same-sex marriage.
Supporters of AB 606 argue the measure would help protect homosexual, bisexual or transgender students from harassment.
Thomasson argues existing state law punishes violence and threats of violence on school campuses.
Instead, he contends, “AB 606 focuses on publicizing controversial sexual topics to students and teachers” and allows “the California Superintendent of Public Instruction to mandate instruction that affirms transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality through ‘trainings, curricula, and other resources,’ which all school districts must follow under the threat of losing state funding.”
Last month, Schwarzenegger broke a policy of not commenting on pending bills, indicating through a spokesman he will veto SB 1437, a measure passed by the Senate and pending in the Assembly that would remove “sex-specific” terms such as “mom” and “dad” from textbooks and would require students to learn about the contributions homosexuals have made to society.
“The governor believes that school curriculum should include all important historical figures, regardless of orientation,” said Schwarzenegger’s director of communications, Adam Mendelsohn, according to the Sacramento Bee. “However, he does not support the Legislature micromanaging curriculum.”
A third measure, AB 1056, would spend $250,000 in taxpayer dollars to promote transsexual, bisexual and homosexual lifestyles as part of “tolerance education.”