By: Karen England
Updated: April 6, 2006
Sacramento - Today SB 1437 (Kuehl, D-Los Angeles), one of the most outrageous bills in the California legislature this year, passed from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
SB 1437 would require textbooks to highlight the positive contributions of homosexual and transgender individuals to society and would prevent textbooks, teaching materials, instruction, and "school- sponsored activities" from reflecting adversely upon persons based on their sexual orientation or actual or perceived gender.
If it passes through the entire legislature, SB 1437 could potentially require gender-neutral bathrooms in our schools and all references to "husband" and "wife" or "mom and dad" removed from school textbooks as the norm.
"The reason this is such an outrageous bill is because it is the most extreme effort thus far to transform our public schools into institutions that disregard all notions of the traditional family unit," said Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Institute. "SB 1437 seeks to eliminate all 'stereotypes' of the traditional family so that young children are brainwashed into believing that families with moms and dads are irrelevant."
SB 1437 not only affects textbooks and instructional materials for kindergarten and grades 1-12, it also affects all school-sponsored activities.
"School-sponsored activities include everything from cheerleading and sports activities to the prom," said England. "Under SB 1437 school districts would likely be prohibited from having a 'prom king and queen' because that would show bias based on gender and sexual orientation."
"Under SB 1437 school districts would also likely have to do away with dress codes and would have to accommodate transsexuals on girl-specific or boy- specific sports teams."
The full effects of SB 1437 are broad and sweeping.
"SB 1437 disregards the religious and moral convictions of parents and students and will result in reverse discrimination," said England.
CRI is committed to opposing legislation that uses our children as social-experiments and tramples upon long-standing traditional family values.
Contact: Karen England