Efforts to Stop Gay History Curriculum Fall Short

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California voters may not get the chance to decide whether public schools should be required to teach homosexual history curriculum.

State Senate Bill 48 was signed into law in July, requiring California textbooks to include the achievements of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Conservative groups hoping to overturn the law needed more than half a million signatures to get the measure put up for a ballot vote.

But with just hours to go before the filing deadline, organizers were still short by several thousand signatures.

The movement mostly consisted of volunteers. A lack of financial support hurt their cause.

"It's very difficult without paid signature gatherers. But the ground swell is so great, it's actually possible that we just might make it," said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, one group supporting the effort.

Gay rights groups have been working for years in California to include themselves in school curriculum.

"It's necessary because there's a whole community that has been censored out of our education system," said Mario Guerrero, director of government affairs at Equality California.

They also claim it will help prevent gay students from being bullied.

"It would mean so much. Had it been around when I was younger, it probably would have saved me from a lot of the trauma I had to go through," said Javier Pinedo, who identified himself as being bullied when he was a teenager.

Many conservative and family groups say the law indoctrinates children to accept homosexuality as a healthy lifestyle.

"This is not just be homosexual behavior that will be promoted directly into these children. Bisexuality, cross dressing, sex changes -- Children will be taught to admire these lifestyles and it will all be done in a positive way," Randy Thomasson, with SaveCalifornia.com said.

Thomasson said this new law is just the latest in a string of sexual indoctrination laws in California. He encouraged parents to take their children out of public school.

"The government's schools are no longer for the parents. They are anti-parents," he said. "I believe in God's schools and devil's schools."

"And if you want your children in God's schools, you have got to get them out and put them into home schooling, which you can do for as little as $40 a month, or $20 a month, or into a solid church school," he explained.

The new law will go into effect in California on Jan. 1.

However, opponents say they aren't giving up on letting the voters decide whether to repeal the law.

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