NewsThu Jun 22, 2006 - 12:15 pm EST
CA Senate Committee Passes Bill to Defund Schools That Don’t Promote Transsexuality, Bisexuality, Ho
By Terry Vanderheyden
SACRAMENTO, June 22, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A California legislative committee passed a bill yesterday that would force all public schools to promote transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality on campus.
The California Senate Education Committee approved AB 606 on a 7-to-2 party-line vote, Democrats for, Republicans against. The author is Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, a Los Angeles Democrat.
AB 606 would authorize the California Superintendent of Public Instruction to arbitrarily withhold state funds (around 2/3rds of a school district’s budget) from any district that does not adequately promote transsexuality, bisexuality, or homosexuality in its school policies. AB 606 repeals the current state law prohibiting transsexual, bisexual, and homosexual curriculum from being forced upon local schools, and authorizes the state Superintendent to develop new curriculum that affirms transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality in all its forms.
Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, a leading California-based pro-family organization, testified before the committee in opposition to the measure. “This is the first time in history the Democrats have pushed a bill that threatens to arbitrarily yank school funding,” he 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, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office announced he would veto SB 1437, a bill that would make direct curriculum changes promoting transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality. “In contrast, AB 606 alters educational materials through the backdoor,” explained Thomasson.
AB 606 reads, “A school district shall establish and publicize an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy that prohibits discrimination and harassment based on the characteristics set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code and Section 220, including, but not limited to, actual or perceived gender identity and sexual orientation”—AB 606 234.1(a)(1).
“The Democrat legislators who passed AB 606 in the Assembly have attempted to portray this as a general anti-discrimination law designed to protect children in schools,” Thomasson explained. “In reality, AB 606 forces every California school to be a transsexual, bisexual and homosexual school, or else suffer crippling financial consequences.”
“The Governor should announce that he’ll veto AB 606, just like he said he’s going to veto the other sexual indoctrination bill,” emphasized Thomasson. “Conservatives are appalled that he’s raising money for homosexual activists who want to destroy marriage between a man and a woman. Schwarzenegger needs to brandish his veto pen now if he wants to try to earn back their support. Parents don’t want, and children don’t need, AB 606.”
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