Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Challenge To California LGBT History Law

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 18, 2011 8:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: California, LGBT history, Paulo Sibaja, referendum, SB 48

polling_station.jpgIn a not-unexpected development, there are reports that Paulo Sibaja, legislative director of the Sacramento-based Capitol Resource Institute, has started the process for a statewide vote to overturn SB 48, the bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown a day earlier that requires school curricula and textbooks to include historical contributions by LGBT people,

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Sibaja on Friday filed a request for a title and summary with the attorney general's office on behalf of the Capitol Resource Institute.

The Chronicle said that backers eventually would have to collect 433,971 signatures to allow voters to decide whether to keep the law in place or reject it.

A news conference is planned for Wednesday, at which the group will give details about a coalition of groups supporting the measure and the financing for the effort.

Sen. Mark Leno, sponsor of the bill, said he was unsurprised by the move, and said it will be challenge to get the necessary signatures, and that, even if so, Californians would reject the measure.


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Here's yet another Tea (Flavored Douche) Bag attempt to violate the United States Constitution by depriving children from knowing The Truth about the contributions of an entire segment of the human family. There's no limit as to how far these Nazis-Homophobes will go.

You know, I have to say, I was rather amazed that Leno decided to push this bill forward for two reasons- the real danger of a prop repeal effort, its effect on the national conversation around lgbt issues.

Knowing that all during the Prop 8 debate- the thing that seemed to resonate the most with those in the middle was this- they want to teach your children how to be gay meme. We never really were able to effectively counterpunch that accusation. Now, with the introduction of this bill- in every state that has marriage- I am sure this will be made as an example of what is to come to scare people, get them riled up.

I still think stuff like this is great for California, assuming it would survive a nasty prop battle (which is a big if), but I wonder what it does to those in the flyover states trying to get basic non-discrimination protections.

Brad Bailey | July 18, 2011 4:00 PM

How does this action violate the Constitution?