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Arnie to terminate pro-gay California law

Mon 29 May 2006 In: New Zealand Daily News

Controversial Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed to veto a law that would require schools to include LGBT history in their curriculum. Conservatives are congratulating Schwarzenegger on his stand, saying this is good news for parents. The proposed bill states that LGBT contributions to history must be recognised in schools, “with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.” Critics have claimed such a move would lead to the promotion of same-sex relationships, sex change operations and cross-dressing among children as young as kindergarten age. “Schools should be about academics, not about promoting alternative sexual lifestyles to impressionable schoolchildren,” said Randy Thomasson of the Campaign for Children and Families. The bill was approved by the Californian Senate by a 22-15 margin on May 11. Schwarzenegger also recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed for same-sex marriage. Two other pieces of legislation that require schools to establish anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and the provision of a one-off grant for the purchase of educational materials on issues of tolerance, are similarly offensive, say conservatives.     Ref: cnsnews.com (d)

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First published: Monday, 29th May 2006 - 12:00pm

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