Gay Curriculum in Calif. Schools Sparks Lawsuit

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A lawsuit has been filed by a group of angry parents against a California school district over a gay-friendly curriculum.

Now, the case could have national implications.
   
Parents who oppose the Alameda Unified School District's pro-homosexual curriculum recently filed a lawsuit against the school district, saying they are concerned about indoctrination in the schools.
    
The lessons include a set of six 45-minute teachings on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered lifestyles, and will be taught once a year to students in grades K-5.
    
Course materials include a children's book called "And Tango Makes Three" about homosexual penguins trying to create a family.
    
Administrators say the course is needed to protect against sexual discrimination and that the lessons are protected by laws in California and 10 other states.

CBN News spoke with Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute about the impact the case could have on other school districts.

"If this school district is successful in implementing this program and not allowing parents to opt their children out, this will be a strong encouragement for school districts not only throughout California but throughout the rest of the country to try to do the same thing," he said. 

"It would also possibly encourage other states to adopt other anti-family, pro-homosexual indoctrination programs in public schools," he added.

Parents in the district were refused the right to opt their kids out of the classes that would teach all kids in elementary schools about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender alternative families.

Pastor Dion Evans is one of many speaking out against the curriculum.

"If in defiance of sound reasoning and fairness to all students and parents this curriculum is adopted tonight it will cause a strong reaction," he said. "Instead of bringing us together and healing divisions, it will cause even greater division, alienation and suspicion."

The school district did not respond requests from CBN News for an interview.

*Originally posted September 9, 2009

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