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.
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.
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.”
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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.
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.”