The secretary of state’s office today (Thursday, January 26) cleared a proposal to repeal Senate Bill 48 for circulation.
SB 48, also known as the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act, requires that LGBTs’ historical contributions be taught to California’s school students.
The proposal, submitted by Lou Sheldon of the anti-gay Traditional Values Coalition, repeals SB 48’s requirement that instructional materials recognize those contributions.
Sheldon also wants to undo the law’s provision that prohibits instructional materials that reflect adversely on people based on their sexual orientation and other characteristics.
Backers of Sheldon’s initiative have until June 25 to collect the 504,760 valid signatures needed to get the proposal on the state ballot.
Sheldon couldn’t immediately be reached for comment today.
Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute and its affiliated Capitol Resource Family Impact, is backing another SB 48 repeal initiative, which is expected to be cleared for circulation by mid-February.
Richard Rios, another anti-gay activist, had also proposed undoing SB 48, but he said this week he’s dropping his efforts.