The California State Senate has passed a bill to celebrate "Harvey Milk Day" -- essentially considered "Gay Day" -- in every California public school, affecting children as young as 5 years old.
In a 24-14 vote, the state senate passed the bill SB 572, declaring May 22 to celebrate Harvey Milk in public schools. It requires no parental consent for student participation, according to SaveCalifornia.com.
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"SB 572 could mean homosexual-bisexual-transsexual pride parades in public schools every May 22," said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, an organization that is working against the bill.
The legislation encourages all California public schools to "conduct suitable commemorative exercises … remembering the life of Harvey Milk and recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state."
"SB 572 pressures elementary, junior high, and high schools... in support of the radical sexual agenda of Harvey Milk," Thomasson said.
"Where are the boundaries? Where are the definitions? This in-your-face, anything-goes, homosexual-bisexual-transsexual indoctrination is definitely not what parents want for their children," he said.
The bill states that "Perhaps more than any other modern figure, Harvey Milk's life and political career embody the rise of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in California, across the nation, and throughout the world."
Critics of "Gay Day" insist that government schools have their priorities out of order.
"It's absurd that government schools teach children not to smoke or use drugs, yet would teach children as young as kindergarten that homosexuality is good and healthy and maybe even for them. That's just not true. Homosexual and bisexual behavior causes up to 82 percent of all HIV transmissions in California," Thomasson said in a statement.
SaveCalifornia.com is encouraging parents to take action against the bill, despite its passage in the California State Senate.
"This anti-family, anti-child bill is supported by the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers. It's important to protest this bill now, when it is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled State Senate, and later, and every step in the legislative process, all the way to the Governor's office," the group says.
Last year, the same bill (numbered AB 2567) passed the Democrat-controlled Legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.