| Anti-gay groups aren't able to gather enough signatures
by Brian Leubitz
Quite the day in the gay rights movement today. First the executive director of Equality California abruptly resigns, which was quite a shock considering he was hired only a few months ago. But that's just the beginning, as the referendum intended to block the fair education act, which would include the contributions of the LGBT and disabled community in our curriculum, seems to have gone down in flames.
With just one day left to circulate petitions, organizers of an effort to repeal a new law requiring that California students learn about the historical contributions of gay and lesbian individuals have told supporters that they "would need a miracle to qualify this referendum."
The Pacific Justice Institute and an arm of Capitol Resource Institute have been leading an effort to overturn Senate Bill 48, which requires public school instruction to include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, people with disabilities and members of different cultural groups. They face a Wednesday deadline for submitting to election officials the roughly 505,000 valid voter signatures needed to place a referendum of the law on the ballot.
Despite days of emails calling for a final push in the signature gathering campaign, referendum organizers told supporters in an early morning email that "it is doubtful we will get the number of signatures we need to qualify" the proposed referendum. (SacBee)
To be honest, I was always the skeptic that this would ever qualify, but I guess it did help raise money for some of those LGBT organizations. Given that they were using an all-volunteer effort, it always seemed very unlikely to qualify.
Nonetheless, this is great news for those interested in pursuing equality and fair portrayals of history.