California passes law to teach gay history in school

16:48, July 15, 2011      

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California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that requires schools to teach gay history, making California the first state in the nation to do so.

Under the law, public school textbooks and history lessons will include the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.

"History should be honest," Brown said in a statement.

"This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books," he said.

"Denying LGBT people their rightful place in history gives our young people an inaccurate and incomplete view of the world around them," said Mark Leno, a democratic state senator who wrote the law.

The measure had sparked debate in the legislature, where Republicans argued that it would force a "gay agenda" on young people against many of their parents' wishes, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Some raised concerns that it would indoctrinate children to accept homosexuality.

Conservative groups also criticized the bill. Benjamin Lopez of the Traditional Values Coalition said that schools should be focusing on improving students' reading, writing, math and other skills.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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