CA Marriage Fight Shifts to Schools

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CBNNews.com - The battle over gay marriage in California has shifted to the public schools.

Both supporters and opponents of Proposition 8 are running television spots on the issue.

Supporters of gay marriage are promoting an ad with the state school superintendent, who says Prop 8 has nothing to do with schools.

Click play for a CBN News interview with Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council following this report.

But opponents of gay marriage disagree. Hundreds of them gathered in Sacramento this week to rally support for the amendment.

They point to state curriculum standards which require that respect for marriage be taught in sex ed classes.

"With same-sex marriage in place, same-sex marriage will be taught that it is as normal as traditional marriage and so we need every parent, every grandparent, every aunt and every uncle to understand that," Ron Prentice, with the Protect Marriage Coalition, said.

California education code says schools are not required to teach sex ed, but if they choose to do so they must meet state standards.

A spokeswoman for the superintendent told CBN News that sex ed instruction varies by district according to local values. Parents can also opt out and can pull their children from classes if they wish.

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