Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will veto legislation that would require California textbooks to contain information about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in American history, according to a spokesman.
The bill, which has already been passed by the Senate and awaits a vote in the Assembly, seeks to recognize "the contributions of the LGBT community in the social science curriculum in the same way the state has come to recognize the achievements of women and minorities,” the Sacramento Bee reports.
But Schwarzenegger spokesman Adam Mendlesohn told the Bee: "The governor believes that school curriculum should include all important historical figures, regardless of orientation. However, he does not support the legislature micromanaging curriculum.”
Schwarzenegger earlier angered gay activists by vetoing a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.
The textbook bill was introduced by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, a Democrat from Los Angeles, who argued: "Silence and biased messages about lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people only promotes negative stereotypes and this, in turn, can lead to discrimination, harassment and violence.”
But Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families, says the legislation is "a deceptively written bill that would do tremendous harm to our children.
"The core of the bill is an absolute mandate requiring all textbooks, all instructional materials and all school-sponsored activities to positively portray transsexuals, bisexuals and homosexuals as role models for children as young as kindergarten.”
Despite the statement from Schwarzenegger’s spokesman, Kuehl said she is not prepared to accept that the governor intends to veto the legislation if it passes the Assembly.
"He hasn’t made up his mind,” she told the Bee. "I don’t care what some underling might have said.”
Kuehl, 61, played Zelda on the 1959-1963 TV show "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” and is the first openly gay lawmaker elected in California.
Good for Arnold. Because this isn’t about equity in education so much as it’s about endangering our kids. Townhall has an excellent piece on modern-day liberal theocracy, their moral hypocrisy and their manipulation of public doctrine to further an immoral agenda. One thing I’ve noted about the pro-gay rights crowd is their continual hijacking of the civil rights era. On the other hand conservatives must serve as activists in defeating liberal terrorism.
Catholic-bashing Madonna has a disco-mirrored cross to bear - not to mention a prickly crown of thorns - which she uses to crucify herself in her new international tour. The singer's controversial stunt stunned the crowd as she kicked off her Confessions tour in Los Angeles over the weekend. Just as she started to croon the sultry ballad "Live to Tell," Madge suddenly appeared onstage as a modern-day, Christ-like figure being "crucified" on a giant, mirrored cross. To complete the look, the singer wore a crown of 50 thorns over flowing, golden locks. The stunt immediately drew protests.
"When the Material Girl first embraced kabbala, we thought her newfound faith would inspire her to show some respect for religion," said the Catholic League's Bill Donohue. "But I guess you can't teach an old pop star new tricks."
Or as "The Greatest", Muhammad Ali, once said: "The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life".
WASHINGTON - The Republican with the loudest presidential buzz says he won't back a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, despite its importance to conservative GOP primary voters.
Arizona Sen. John McCain said yesterday the controversial proposal to amend the Constitution would step on states' rights.
"The states regulate the conditions of marriage, and unless there's some decisive overruling by the federal courts, then I will continue to believe that the states should decide," McCain said on "Fox News Sunday."
"We in Arizona should make our decisions about the status of marriage in our state just as the people in Massachusetts and other states should make their decisions," he said.
John McCain should know better because he's absolutely wrong on this one. The people of Massachusettes didn't get to decide the fate of same-sex marries in Massachusettes, the Massachusettes Supreme Court decided it for them. By not backing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages McCain makes it clear that the mockery of marriage as supported by amoral liberals is ok by him. I’m not sure if McCain's cross the threshold, but this sure sounds like a huge misstep.