January 6, 2012
On Jan. 1, the California Department of Education began implementing a new law that requires all children in the state's public schools to study "the role and contributions" of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans to "the development of California and the United States," CNSNews.com reports. Pro-family group SaveCalifornia.com says additionally that parents will not be notified nor will they be allowed to exempt their children from the new materials. "It's decision time for parents," said Randy Thomasson of SaveCalifornia.com. "[The law] absolutely prohibits the government schools from teaching the facts that homosexuality is inherently unnatural and unhealthy with the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases and the highest mode of transmission for HIV/AIDS. ... It's ironic and sad that children ... will be taught that cigarettes are negative, driving drunk is negative, drug use is negative, but they won't be taught homosexuality is unhealthy."