Anti-Gay Activists Get California Veto, Push Two More

“We can no longer allow girlie-men in this state or any state to dictate to our children what they’re going to teach them. We need to see them face-to-face and tell them, we have our pants on the right way, we are men and women, we are not confused. And if anyone needs to teach our children, it needs to be us parents, not girlie-men from this building or any other building.”

So said Campaign for Children and Families (CCF) Latino spokesman Luis Galdamez at a rally Tuesday at the California statehouse urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto a bill that would have prohibited classroom instruction that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, along with the current list of “race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry.”

Apparently CCF’s chants of “veto, veto, veto” were convincing; Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill yesterday. But the Right wasted little time celebrating, instead pushing for the governor to veto two more gay-friendly bills. “Thanks are due to the many thousands of pro-family Californians who called and e-mailed Gov. Schwarzenegger, urging him to stop this bill in its tracks. We now ask those same men and women to keep telling the governor to do what’s right for their state by vetoing two other anti-family bills when they reach his desk,” said Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery. Randy Thomasson, president of CCF, said simply, “That’s good, but what about the other two sexual indoctrination bills, AB 606 and AB 1056?”

(AB 606, the “Safe Place to Learn Act,” reinforces compliance by school district with California’s anti-discrimination law. AB 1056 establishes a pilot program to promote tolerance between groups.)

Luis Galdamez