SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the same week that the No on 8 campaign launched an ad that labeled as “lies” claims that same-sex “marriage” would be taught in schools to young children, a first grade class took a school-sponsored trip to a same-sex “wedding.” Eighteen first graders traveled to San Francisco City Hall last Friday for the wedding of their teacher and her lesbian partner, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The school sponsored the trip for the students, ages 5 and 6, taking them away from their studies for the same-sex “wedding.” According to the Yes on 8 campaign, the public school field trip demonstrates that the California Supreme Court’s decision to legal same-sex “marriage” has real consequences.
“Taking children out of school for a same-sex wedding is not customary education. This is promoting same-sex marriage and indoctrinating young kids,” said Yes on 8-ProtectMarriage.com Campaign Co-Manager Frank Schubert. “I doubt the school has ever taken kids on a field trip to a traditional wedding,” Schubert said.
When asked by the Yes on 8 campaign, The San Francisco Chronicle reporter said she did not know if the school had ever sponsored a field trip for students to a true wedding. Telling the Chronicle that the field trip was “a teachable moment,” the school’s principal believes it is perfectly appropriate for first graders to attend a same-sex “wedding.” Officials in other school districts disagree.
“Prop. 8 protects our children from being taught in public schools that ‘same-sex marriage’ is the same as traditional marriage,” said Santa Ana Unified School District board member Rosemarie “Rosie” Avila. “We should not accept a court decision that results in public schools teaching our kids that gay marriage is okay. That is an issue for parents to discuss with their children according to their own values and beliefs. It shouldn’t be forced on us against our will.”
The lesbian teacher’s wedding was officiated by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Newsom is featured in a Yes on 8 television ad, released last week, in which he declares of same-sex “marriage”: “The door’s wide open now. It’s gonna happen, whether you like it or not.”
The Yes on 8 campaign’s ads explain that if the voters do not overturn the California Supreme Court’s same-sex “marriage” ruling, teachers will be required to teach young children that there is no difference between gay “marriage” and traditional marriage.
“It’s totally unreasonable that a first grade field trip would be to a same-sex wedding,” said Chip White, Press Secretary for Yes on 8. “This is overt indoctrination of children who are too young to understand it.”