Got Milk? Harvey Milk Day Bill Passes CA Senate Education Committee

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Senators Declare California’s “Got Milk”.

If California’s Senate has it’s way, California’s public school children will be singing the praises of homosexual activist Harvey Milk, and his radical multisexual agenda every May 22nd.   In a non-opt out day— schools, children and parents will have no choice but to celebrate this man and the radical agenda of his political movement.

Sound familiar?  It is.  The governor vetoed this identical legislation less than a year ago saying that support of Harvey Milk and his policies were not a part of public school education.  He was right, but those pushing the same-sex agenda in our public schools are hoping that this is the year he’ll change his mind.

If you live in California and aren’t signed up with Capitol Resource Institute, you should—they are on top of every major fight in California for marriage and families.   The silent majority must speak on this, because our representatives have gone haywire.

Instead of striving to preserve the integrity of public education, supporters of SB 572 show how they intend to utilize  public schools to force their radical social agenda on California families.

Though they admit to being a minority, the LGBT’s  claims are being represented, by our own elected officials, as shared by “all Californians”.

“This bill is needed to counter the negative commentary coming from churches.” Senator Mark Leno

“This day is for all Californians to shatter the silence”
Assemblywoman Gloria Romero

“Got Milk? Yes, California’s got Milk”
Assemblywoman Gloria Romero

This isn’t armchair politics, this is real. We’ve got to be active if we’re going to protect ourselves from those few with an anti-family agenda.

—Beetle Blogger

Harvey Milk Day Bill Passes Senate Education Committee

This morning the Senate Education Committee passed SB 572, legislation that will declare May 22 Harvey Milk Day in California. In a contentious hearing, Senator Mark Leno presented his bill by framing it as a measure that will bring recognition to the oppressed homosexual community.

Joining Leno in testifying for the bill was the bill’s sponsor, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors, and writer Dustin Lance Black, who recently won an Oscar for his screenplay for the movie Milk.

Black testified that he was raised in a church-going family where he was made to feel sub-human because of his sexual orientation. It was only after a theatre teacher told him about Harvey Milk that he felt validated and no long felt suicidal. He asserted that passing Harvey Milk Day will save the lives of young homosexuals. “Passing Harvey Milk Day costs nothing, but not passing it has a heavy cost,” testified Black. “It could cost people their lives.”

The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers also testified in favor of the bill.

CRFI’s Karen England testified against the bill, explaining that schools already have the freedom to teach about Harvey Milk at the local level. “California schools shouldn’t be promoting anyone’s political agenda,” stated England. “We would have a day of significance every day of the school year if we honored everyone’s hero. We need to focus on real academics instead.”

Speaking up for California families, Senator Bob Huff stated that he would not be voting for the bill and agreed with Governor Schwarzenegger that Harvey Milk should be celebrated in the local community where had the most impact.

Leno acknowledged that Governor Schwarzenegger had vetoed his same bill last year, but he claimed that with the release of the Hollywood film Milk, Harvey Milk is no longer a local issue. “If there’s one thing the Governor understands, it’s box office and Harvey Milk has box office.” Leno went on to state that homosexual young people need role models like Milk to counter the messages they receive from churches. He also accused opponents of his bill of only opposing it because Milk was homosexual.

During the hearing, Republican Senator Abel Maldonado assailed England by targeting her with redundant questions about whether Harvey Milk Day would really harm students.

“It is stunning that a Republican legislator would take such an anti-family stance by attacking pro-family advocates during a public hearing,” stated England. “Constituents in Senator Maldonado’s district should be very concerned not just that their senator is supporting a political agenda in their schools, but that he has so little regard for pro-family citizens who testify in the capitol. His behavior was appalling and he should be held accountable by voters in his district.”

Senator Maldonado then voted in favor of SB 572, siding with the liberal Democrats on the committee.

Committee chairwoman Gloria Romero brazenly proclaiming the Governor’s veto of Harvey Milk Day last year “was wrong.” She asserted that passing the bill “is the right thing to do” and that schools are a great place to teach not a Hollywood story, but an American story. She then joked, “Got Milk? Yes, California’s got Milk!”

Two weeks ago SB 572 cleared its first legislative hurdle when it passed the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. CRFI anticipates the bill will once again pass the legislature, as it did last year. However, whether Governor Schwarzenegger will once again veto the bill is uncertain.

“If SB 572 makes it to this desk, the Governor needs to place the education of our children ahead of political agendas,” commented England. “He did the right thing last year and I hope he will do so again this year.”

Call Senator Abel Maldonado’s office and ask him why he supports imposing Harvey Milk Day in our children’s classrooms and why he attacks pro-family advocates in the capitol.

Take action:

1. Call your own California state senator to say you want him or her to “Vote NO on SB 572, Harvey Milk Gay Day, which a large majority of California parents oppose, which parents don’t want, and children don’t need.”
Find your state senator | Send a pre-written email message opposing SB 572

2. Especially call self-proclaimed “pro-family” Republican Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria and self-proclaimed “pro-family Christian” Democrat Dean Florez of Shafter. Both men, who voted in favor of Harvey Milk Gay Day, want to be elected to statewide office in 2010.

Abel Maldonado (916) 651-4015
Dean Florez (916) 651-4016

3. Lastly, flood Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with phone calls. Leave a message that you want him to “Veto SB 572 like you did last year. Eighty percent of Californians don’t want Harvey Milk Gay Day in public schools. Parents don’t want this, and children don’t need this.”
(916) 445-2841

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23 Comments

  1. Realist said,

    May 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    In Germany, the fist come for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up becuase I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then, they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was Protestant.

    And then, they came for me. And by that time, no one was left to speak up.
    –1959 Pastor Martin Niemoller

  2. Realist said,

    May 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right.

    –Harvey Milk

  3. Realist said,

    May 6, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    The black community made up its mind to that a long time ago. That the myths against blacks can only be dispelled by electing black leaders, so the black community could be judged by the leaders and not by the myths or black criminals. The Spanish community must not be judged by Latin criminals or myths. The Asian community must not be judged by Asian criminals or myths. The Italian community should not be judged by the mafia myths. And the time has come when the gay community must not be judged by our criminals and myths.

    Like every other group, we must be judged by our leaders and by those who are themselves gay, those who are visible. For invisible, we remain in limbo–a myth, a person with no parents, no brothers, no sisters, no friends who are straight, no important positions in employment. A tenth of a nation supposedly composed of stereotypes and would-be seducers of children–and no offense meant to the stereotypes. But today, the black community is not judged by its friends, but by its black legislators and leaders. And we must give people the chance to judge us by our leaders and legislators. A gay person in office can set a tone, can command respect not only from the larger community, but from the young people in our own community who need both examples and hope.

    The first gay people we elect must be strong. They must not be content to sit in the back of the bus. They must not be content to accept pablum. They must be above wheeling and dealing. They must be–for the good of all of us–independent, unbought. The anger and the frustrations that some of us feel is because we are misunderstood, and friends can’t feel that anger and frustration. They can sense it in us, but they can’t feel it. Because a friend has never gone through what is known as coming out. I will never forget what it was like coming out and having nobody to look up toward. I remember the lack of hope–and our friends can’t fulfill that.

    I can’t forget the looks on faces of people who’ve lost hope. Be they gay, be they seniors, be they black looking for an almost-impossible job, be they Latins trying to explain their problems and aspirations in a tongue that’s foreign to them. I personally will never forget that people are more important than buildings. I use the word “I” because I’m proud. I stand here tonight in front of my gay sisters, brothers and friends because I’m proud of you. I think it’s time that we have many legislators who are gay and proud of that fact and do not have to remain in the closet. I think that a gay person, up-front, will not walk away from a responsibility and be afraid of being tossed out of office. After Dade County, I walked among the angry and the frustrated night after night and I looked at their faces. And in San Francisco, three days before Gay Pride Day, a person was killed just because he was gay. And that night, I walked among the sad and the frustrated at City Hall in San Francisco and later that night as they lit candles on Castro Street and stood in silence, reaching out for some symbolic thing that would give them hope. These were strong people, people whose faces I knew from the shop, the streets, meetings and people who I never saw before but I knew. They were strong, but even they needed hope.

    And the young gay people in the Altoona, Pennsylvanias and the Richmond, Minnesotas who are coming out and hear Anita Bryant on television and her story. The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us’es, the us’es will give up. And if you help elect to the central committee and more offices, more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward. It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.

    So if there is a message I have to give, it is that if I’ve found one overriding thing about my personal election, it’s the fact that if a gay person can be elected, it’s a green light. And you and you and you, you have to give people hope. Thank you very much.

  4. Realist said,

    May 6, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    we are your sons and daughters. we are human. isn’t that worth honoring?

  5. Clay A. Sacramento said,

    May 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Schools teach children not to smoke or use drugs, yet would teach kindergarteners that homosexuality is good ??

  6. beetlebabee said,

    May 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “we are your sons and daughters. we are human. isn’t that worth honoring?”

    Realist, although I appreciate your attachment to this person, Harvey Milk, I do not agree with him or his ideas. Would you support a Jesus Christ day? Jesus said and did a lot of wonderful things and many people believe that what he said was of value. Those people are our sons and daughters. They are human….isn’t that worth honoring?

  7. James R. said,

    May 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    If school isn’t the place for prayer, or for religion, what makes it the place for the gay agenda? No way. You can’t have it both ways, and they don’t want to. Chase out one religion and fill the vacuum with another. It’s not about soaring platitudes. It’s about control over the next generation.

    ‘Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.’ –Joseph Stalin

  8. beetlebabee said,

    May 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    If signed into law, SB 572 will mean an official day commemorating homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality in California government schools, without parental permission. This will impact children as young as five years old. Every May 22, SB 572 would encourage public schools to positively portray to children any and all facets of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality, and anything else that’s ‘in the closet.’ Governor Schwarzenegger should say no to this very inappropriate bill, which has nothing to do with academic excellence and which tramples parental rights.

  9. Joanne said,

    May 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    The “minority” homosexual agenda is a powerful machine. They would love nothing more than to get into our schools to raise up children who will one day believe the way they do. We must now refer to Christmas break as Winter Break and Easter break is now Spring break, so as not to offend. What hypocrisy.

    They will do anything except put this before the people for a vote. Why? Because they know it would never pass.

    To be quite honest, I almost hope for something this ludicrous. It might get people to stand up and take notice for a change.

    Hmmm, now lets see, how bout a day to honor the heterosexual?

  10. Lucecita said,

    June 3, 2009 at 4:13 am

    I am not the type of person to disrespect or hate the gay community. However, I am a mother of a preschooler and I do not approve of children in elementary school, who have not yet grasped everything they need to be in tune with regarding their sexual identity to be exposed to a day in which homosexuality is being honored. This is disrespectful to parents, family values and beliefs. This sexuality business is as strong and delicate topic to the mayority of families as religion is, and yet, religion has been banned from public schools. How is it that parents don’t get a say about whether their children should be exposed to the concept of homosexuality? Let’s be honest, there will not be a Milk Harvey Day without mentioning that he was gay. Why not have a “Respect Diversity Day” instead of a specific day to drill into youngsters the idea of homosexuality? It’s better to teach children in a general way to respect others that are different from themselves, as long as they’re not harming anyone, but to specifically rub in the gay issue to little kids is way too much. Gays are not the only group struggling to get acceptance!

  11. beetlebabee said,

    June 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

    That’s a good point. I don’t think hate has anything to do with the concern we have for children and families and the impact these measures have on our schools.

  12. Glenn Klugel said,

    June 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Heaven help us we are promoting the same agendas as Sodom and Gomorrah, Tolerance is the buzz word of all sinners, myself at the top of the list… We are to Love the sinner but not the sin ! I love Harvey Milk, but not what he stood for,and should NEVER, NEVER be pushed on innocent children who have no business learning this type of unsubstanciated lifestyle ! I will continue to pray and learn and love…

  13. June 26, 2009 at 11:41 am

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  14. Isaac said,

    August 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

    California’s public schools are performing terribly. They are miles behind homeschoolers and private schoolers academically and in every other area. And Harvey Mild Day helps….how? It shows you how backwards our state government is, and how little they care about actual education. To them the schools are just a means for social control. The fact that a child in India can learn twice as much in a shorter period of time, then come to America better prepared to succeed in our universities than the products of our over-liberal public schools doesn’t even shame them. They’re still looking for ways to further waste time and taxpayer money.

  15. Travis said,

    August 28, 2009 at 6:01 am

    The author would have you believe that gays are “anti-family”. Nothing could be further from the truth. We grew up in families and we love our families. We think the heterosexual family setup is fantastic! We would just like the right to have our own families and I think any reasonable person can see that you can have both straight and gay families without one being a threat to the other. I think that we all need to ignore the inflamitory speech that this author is using. Gays aren’t attacking your belief system and we certainly don’t want to attack your family life. We just want the same rights to use in our own way. Is that too much to ask?

  16. beetlebabee said,

    August 28, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Travis, where does it say that gays are anti family? I disagree. There are many people with SSA who support and honor the traditional family. It is only those who insist on redefining what a family is, and what marriage is, that present the threat to families. To divorce marriage from it’s ties to children and family, to reduce it to a mere piece of paper—a contract between any group of consensual adults— is to drain the very life from the concept of marriage and family. The inherent weakness of those relationships is something the participants choose to accept. Forcing children and society to accept that weakness and even celebrate it as a replacement for wholesome family ties is yes, too much to ask.

    You are free. Do as you please. You have that right. You do not have the right to demand society’s stamp of approval on your choice.

  17. LA schoolteacher said,

    August 28, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Thank you, Realist, for sharing Harvey’s words. That means that a lot of people who read this blog will have a chance to learn something about what he stood for. Some will probably try not to learn anything about Harvey Milk, and that is unfortunate.

    Joanne — “how about a day to honor the heterosexual?”
    Give me a break! Heterosexuality is promoted in society every day of the year in the movies, on TV shows, in advertising, on Fox News, on conservative blogs like this one, and from the pulpits of some large religious organizations. And yet you guys are freaking out about people saying nice things about a gay man for one day out of the year?

    beetlebabee — “Would you support a Jesus Christ day?”
    Now, I think there already is a Jesus Christ day, and I think it’s called Christmas. Just about everybody gets the day off from work and school on Christmas. Jesus Christ Day is a paid holiday for a whole lot of people, too. Every neighborhood in every city and every town in the United States has many nearby churches where people can go, for free, and worship Jesus in a stunning variety of ways. Each of these church organizations gets a tax exemption from the government for their trouble. So I believe that your freedom of worship is quite safe here. LGBT people aren’t even going to get Harvey Milk Day off from work. So congratulations, Christians! You still have a way privileged status over gay people. So why are you so scared?

  18. LA schoolteacher said,

    August 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Oh, and what in the name of goodness do you mean by the phrase “people with SSA?”

    That does not sound nice at all.

  19. beetlebabee said,

    August 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    LA, in your opinion, what good DID Harvey Milk do? Why should his name be honored? Is that reason enough to devote one of our precious public school learning days to? What other social agenda items deserve their own school day?

    Now, if I were to have my druthers, I’d probably choose a Jesus Christ Day over Harvey Milk Day, and don’t think you’re going to cop out with the guy in the red suit, because he is NOT Jesus Christ. No, if we were going to have a Jesus Christ Day, we’d talk about the man, his life, his mission, the good he accomplished right? We’d possibly have a prayer, or at least discuss what a prayer was. We may even have flyers with scriptures containing his words of kindness and compassion.

    There’s more MLK in Martin Luther King day than Jesus Christ in “Winter Break”. Just try and have MLK day without mentioning MLK, his words, his teachings or anything he accomplished. Try doing that with Jesus Christ day in public schools. No go right?

    “Every neighborhood in every city and every town in the United States has many nearby churches where people can go, for free, and worship Jesus in a stunning variety of ways.”

    Now what you’re talking about is a private observance, which Harvey Milk supporters are welcome to do. Please, go. Celebrate. Do whatever you like. You are free to choose your life, your lifestyle, celebrate anything you want, but don’t expect society to be muscled into following suit.

  20. beetlebabee said,

    August 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Those who suffer with Same Sex Attraction or SSA are not born that way. It is an acquired condition. No offense is intended at all. Not all people who feel same sex attraction condone the homosexual lifestyle.

  21. Travis said,

    August 28, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Beetlebabee, I would like to say that I don’t SUFFER with same sex attraction. The only people who suffer with it are the poor confused people whose friends and families have shunned them in the hopes of forcing them back into their narrow interpretation of their Families way of life. You speak of redefining marraige as a weakness yet you offer no explanation of how. Unfortunately this is something that I hear all too often. Can you provide some concrete evidence of this without falling back on scripture? My husband and I are married. Legal or not we share in all the bonds that hetero’s do and we are happier than just about anyone we know. We have two great adopted kids that we give all the love and support that we can to. We both have great jobs and travel with the kids almost monthly. I fail to see any of this weakness of which you speak. Please, elaborate….. ( sorry for any mispellings/typos, I typed this on my phone)

  22. Michael Sailborn said,

    October 14, 2009 at 7:49 am

    If it well known that Harvey Milk was a pedophile who had affairs
    with underage teenage boys . How is he, in any way, a good role
    model for children ? Shame on the governor and the legislature .

    Our precious children are born with prewired spiritual needs which
    are completely ignored in the public schools
    but they want to propagandize them in a lifestyle
    that , in a very real way, is dangerous to their HEALTH ?

    Remember, 70% of all AIDS death in California in
    the past thirty years were to homosexual men who make up about
    1% of the population . And the average lifespan of a homosexual
    man is something like 44 years . GOD HELP US>

  23. October 14, 2009 at 10:36 am

    from the researchers you may or may not be quoting:

    It is essential to note that the life expectancy of any population is a descriptive and not a prescriptive mesaure.5 Death is a product of the way a person lives and what physical and environmental hazards he or she faces everyday. It cannot be attributed solely to their sexual orientation or any other ethnic or social factor. If estimates of an individual gay and bisexual man’s risk of death is truly needed for legal or other purposes, then people making these estimates should use the same actuarial tables that are used for all other males in that population. Gay and bisexual men are included in the construction of official population-based tables and therefore these tables for all males are the appropriate ones to be used.


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