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Schwarzenegger Appeases His Discrimination-Loving Base September 6, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in education, legislation, lgbt Issues, non-discrimination laws.
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In an attempt to appeal to right-wing ideologues whose ultimate goal is to impose their religious views on an entire nation, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have banned discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

Schwarzenegger had been under intense pressure from anti-gay groups to veto the measure. Because these forces of distortion have repeatedly exaggerated and lied about the intent of the bill, it is important to see the exact text (not in its entirety):

Existing law prohibits instruction or school sponsored activities that reflect adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry. Existing law prohibits the State Board of Education and the governing board of any school district from adopting textbooks or other instructional materials that contain any matter that reflects adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry.

This bill would revise the list of characteristics included in these provisions to include race or ethnicity, gender, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion, defined as specified.

With this veto, Schwarzennger has denied gay and lesbian students the right to attend public schools with textbooks free of anti-gay bias or prejudice. Freedom of speech allows bigoted parents to instill anti-gay hatred into their children every minute they are outside of school, but there is no reason public school teachers should be afforded this right. People of color, women, people with disabilities and other minority groups are allowed a bias-free education in California, but Schwarzenegger denied gay and lesbian students this same right.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill because California already prohibits discrimination in the schools… but he knows better. Discrimination comes in many forms, and the vetoed bill was intended to specifically address discrimination in school curriculum. The law already exists for other groups because lawmakers know it is an otherwise gray area… hence the need for clear legislation.

Today, Schwarzenegger refused to stand up for gay and lesbian students because of adult anti-gay activists who believe these children are “immoral” and “perverted”. A happy day for California anti-gay activists… now it is time for them to focus their attention on grander issues, such as overturning legislation that bans discrimination in housing and employment.

Potential victory speech: “Today, fellow Californians, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has given us the opportunity to continue discriminating against gay and lesbian students, and we thank him for that…”

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1. Anonymous - September 7, 2006

Should I assume that since Schwarzenegger vetoed the law because it was “unnecessary”, that he is going to ask lawmakers to repeal the law for all the other groups also? Or are gay and lesbian youth somehow different than other youth, and somehow deserve less protection?


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