July 18, 2011

The California Catholic Conference opposes a bill passed by the state's legislators that requires social studies texts for kindergarteners through high school seniors in public school to specifically include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

The bill also would prohibit the state Board of Education from adopting instructional materials that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The state Assembly July 5 passed the bill, called the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act.

If the bill is signed, California will be the first state to require public schools to teach about the historical contributions of gays and lesbians.

Los Angles Archbishop Jose Gomez said the bill "amounts to the government rewriting history books based on pressure-group politics."