Senate Bill 48—the Fair, Accountable, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act (FAIR Act)—is making its way through legislation, and the Traditional Values Coalition is doing everything in its power to strike down the bill.

The FAIR Act, written by self-admitted homosexual state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, will force all California schools to use textbooks and instructional materials that include homosexual, bisexual and transgender teachings. Despite its name, the Traditional Values Coalition says there is nothing fair, accountable, inclusive or respectful about it.

“The state of California is on the verge of financial collapse,” Benjamin Lopez, legislative advocate for Traditional Values Coalition, told Charisma News. “The last thing we need is to make an unnecessary expenditure to promote the gay lifestyle in California’s schools.”

If the bill passes, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders must be included in textbooks and instructional materials in a manner that does not “reflect adversely” upon them, according to the Traditional Values Coalition. This means that textbooks and materials—for students in kindergarten through 12th grade—must present lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, groups and lifestyles in a positive manner. Nothing negative or perceived to be negative about them can be presented.

According to Lopez, the bill also classifies the gay lifestyle as a civil right and gives it minority status, which the Supreme Court has ruled against in the past. This means that if a family with a mother and father is mentioned, the textbook will also have to discuss a family with a set of homosexual parents. In addition, when referencing the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s or the discrimination against Asian people in America after World War II, the textbook will also need to mention the gay rights movement.

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