Groups Lambast New Gender Law

By Cynthia De Castro/

LOS ANGELES – SB 777, a new law recently signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been getting criticisms from various sectors of California.

The new law requires textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, homosexual “marriages,” and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, including so-called “gay history.” Silence on these sexual lifestyles will not be allowed.

Conservatives are worried that this new law will turn every government school into a sexual indoctrination center. It bans “discriminatory bias” against homosexuals and others with alternative sexual lifestyles. Some groups are already issuing calls to parents to get their children out of California’s public school system.

Authored by Senator Sheila Kuehl, a self-admitted lesbian, SB 777 amends the definition of “gender” to the Education Code: “Gender” means sex, and includes a person’s gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.

SB 777 also deletes the true definition of “sex” from the Education Code. Currently, sex is defined as the “biological condition or quality of being a male or female human being.”

Because of the bill’s wide-open definition of “sexual orientation,” homosexual “marriages” and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality would be positively portrayed to children as young as kindergarten. SB 777 will teach these highly-controversial sexual subjects without parental permission.

The new mandate would be enforced by the attorneys of the California Department of Education, which would sue school districts that don’t comply.

One news article translated the new law into simpler terms. It bans the use of “Mom and Dad” and “husband and wife.” Also, a boy can go into the girls’ restroom if he pleases if that’s how he defines his gender. Consequently, a girl can also use the boys’ restroom for the same reason. High school Homecoming Kings and Queens may now both be either male or female, depending on how the person defines his/her gender.

“Parents are angry at the Democrats for passing this school sexual indoctrination bill and frustrated that Republicans did little to fight it,” said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families (CCF), a leading California-based pro-family organization.

“The notion of forcing children to support controversial sexual lifestyles is shocking and appalling to millions of fathers and mothers. Parents don’t want their children taught to become homosexual or bisexual or to wonder whether they need a sex-change operation. SB 777 will shatter the academic purpose of education by turning every government school into a sexual indoctrination center,” he said.

Thomasson is calling upon every California parent to pull their child out of California’s public school system.

“The so-called ‘public schools’ are no longer a safe emotional environment for children. Under the new law, schoolchildren as young as kindergarten will be sexually indoctrinated and introduced to homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality, over the protests of parents, teachers and even school districts,” he said.

Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed similar bills last year when he was running for re-election, conservative groups noted. Surprisingly, he signed the bill three weeks ago without any comment.

Supporters said the new law is supposed to eliminate “confusion” about the State’s responsibility to ensure that all school programs, textbooks, instructional materials and activities are free from unlawful discrimination.

Schwarzenegger also signed a bill allowing domestic partners and married couples equal opportunity to change their surnames upon marriage or domestic partnership registration. Specifically, the bill would require that marriage license forms contain spaces for either party to indicate a change in his or her last name to his or her spouse’s last name.

Parents from all across California and the nation have been flooding concerned agencies  with calls and e-mails, completely stunned that Gov. Schwarzenegger would sign the bill.

One plan filed with Attorney General Jerry Brown last week to stop the signed law from taking into effect is calling for a referendum. Once it is given a title and documentation, supporters will have only 90 days to collect enough signatures – an estimated 434,000 – to qualify the referendum for an election ballot.

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