LA Times: Why Oppose SB 48? CCG's Reasons or Theirs


SB 48 Advances on Party-Line Vote
Thank You to All Who Came to Testify

by William B. May

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2011--Yesterday, the Assembly Education Committee passed SB 48 on a 7-4 party-line vote. The bill that will sexualize K-12 curriculum and textbooks. This was not unexpected. But, something unexpected did happen. The LA Times ran another editorial, this time calling for a debate between their reasons for opposing SB 48 and those of Catholics for the Common Good.

LA Times Challenge: Which Reasons Better for Opposing SB 48, CCG's or Theirs

The Times brings focus to the point that there are so many reasons to oppose SB 48, and they have not been discussed enough. One thing was clear from yesterdays hearing -- no matter what reasonable arguments might be proffered, by Catholics for the Common Good, by teachers, by parents, by other organization, or by the LA Times, the Democrats on the Assembly Health Committee weren't interested in considering or discussing any of them. Perhaps the LA Times is getting as tired as we are of being ignored on this bill. So let the debates begin. More discussion and debate is essential to educate the voters and to develop a large enough response to get the senators' attention before their floor vote or the Governor's attention when and if the bill lands on his desk.

We commend the LA Times for sticking to their principles on this. We agree with the points they raise and add to them additional points that should concern most people in California when properly understood.

Assemblyman Chris Norby, R- Fullerton
Chris Norby

The unnecessarily sexualization of the curriculum from kindergarten through high school is just one of the consequences of SB 48. During the hearing, Assemblyman Chris Norby of Fullerton asked the author, Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco, what his intentions were for the bill. Norby, a former history teacher, mentioned that President James Buchanan was rumored to have had a sexual preference for men. Is it important for students to know that? Must we mention that historical figures, such as John Maynard Keynes, had a preference for women? Leno said that is just what the bill is about. It is important for children who may be LGB or T to have role models that they can identify with. If that is not sexualizing the K-12 curriculum, I don’t know what is.

Senator Leno also maintains that the kind of instruction required by this bill will reduce bullying and increase respect for gays and lesbians. He noted a Sikh man at the hearing who was concerned that the appearance and customs of Sikhs can lead to bullying and wondered why they were not included in the bill. Leno said he hoped there was a way the Sikhs could be accommodated as well. Where does it end?

Children must be taught respect for others whether they agree with them or not. Every person has intrinsic value and dignity that is the foundation of human rights and require respect regardless of ability, physical characteristics, age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or cultural background, etc. Requiring a focus on sexuality and reducing people to a sexual identity undermines human dignity because a person is so much more than that.


  1. Call your Assemblymember today and ask the member to vote “no” on SB 48. Find your Assembly member.
  2. Forward this article and bring the subject of SB 48 up at the next meeting or social gathering you may attend. Bring a copy of the LA Times Editorial to share with school board members, teachers, and parents you believe will understand the harm of this bill. Ask them to stand up and be counted to stop SB 48.
  3. Write letters to the editor, or call radio talk shows raising questions about SB 48 and it consequences. People need to know. (see talking points)
  4. Please make a tax-deductible donation to Catholics for the Common Good Institute, the educational arm of this movement that is working to defend and promote the centrality and integrity of marriage for children and society.

Background, talking points, and further instructions on how to oppose SB 48.

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William B. May is Chairman of Catholics for the Common Good.

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