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LGBT History Law Challenged

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 9:34am

There’s an effort to overturn a new law that requires California schools to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law about a week ago. It requires social science instruction to include the historical contributions of those in the LGBT community.

A coalition of groups that call themselves “pro-family” is working to put a referendum on the ballot next year to ask voters to weigh in. They’ve filed the paperwork with the Attorney General’s office.

In a statement, Brad Dacus with the Pacific Justice Institute says the law revises history to please a special interest group. The coalition will have about three months to gather more than 500-thousand signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

Supporters of the new law say excluding the contributions of LGBT Americans gives students an incomplete view of the world.

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