Jill and Jill Ran Up the Hill

SB 1437 passes California State Assembly, outraging parents and grandparents who demand that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger veto raft of sexual indoctrination bills

RESPOND RIGHT NOW: Call Governor Schwarzenegger immediately to urge him to veto SB 1437 and SB 1441. Sacramento (916) 445-2841, Los Angeles (213) 897-0322, San Diego (619) 525-4641. Visit the CCF Action Center for more steps.

Sacramento, California – The Democrat-controlled California State Assembly today passed SB 1437, one of four bills that would sexually indoctrinate schoolchildren and college students. SB 1437 would alter K-12 public education textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities to positively reference transsexuality, transvestitism, bisexuality, and homosexuality, including homosexual “marriage.” The Assembly floor vote was 46-31 (five more than needed to achieve a 41-vote majority). SB 1437 now goes to the state Senate for a concurrence vote.

Immediately before the debate, a Republican-offered amendment requiring schools to acquire parental permission before sexual curriculum was taught to their own children failed on a 26-48 vote. During the 36-minute debate on SB 1437, seven Republican spoke against the bill (Haynes, DeVore, La Suer, Huff, La Malfa, Spitzer, and Mountjoy), while six Democrats spoke in favor it (Nunez, Goldberg, Frommer, Saldana, Ruskin, and Levine).

In his opening remarks, Democrat Fabian Nunez, the Assembly Speaker and the bill’s floor jockey, openly said the real purpose of SB 1437 is to outlaw traditional perspectives on marriage and family in the state school system. “The way that you correct a wrong is by outlawing. ‘Cause if you don’t outlaw it, then people’s biases tend to take over and dominate the perspective and the point of view,” Nunez said.

And, in his close, Nunez admitted that SB 1437 will promote lesbianism to young girls. “If somebody wants to teach kids in kindergarten that Jack and Jill ran up a hill, this bill doesn’t prohibit that. But it does say that if somebody wants to say that if Jill and Jill ran up the hill and somehow that’s wrong — then this bill says that that is not acceptable,” said Nunez.

“We call upon Governor Schwarzenegger to keep his promise to veto SB 1437, which micromanages public schools by forcing them to promote a gaggle of sexual lifestyles that disturb parents and confuse kids,” said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, a leading statewide pro-family organization which has been fighting against SB 1437 all year. 

“If Schwarzenegger abandons children by signing any of these school indoctrination bills, pro-family voters will abandon him,” predicted Thomasson. A detailed analysis of SB 1437 and similar bills is posted at

SB 1437 (Kuehl) would prohibit textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities from “reflecting adversely” on transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality, thus indirectly requiring positive portrayals of these sexual lifestyles in curriculum in all grades in all public schools. Consequently, schools would have to promote “same-sex marriages” and even sex-change procedures. STATUS: On Senate floor

SB 1441 (Kuehl) would trample the religious freedom of faith-based colleges and childcare centers, infringing on their values for sexual standards and appropriate role models for the children and students in their care. Attaching “government strings” to Cal Grants for colleges and CalWORKS childcare vouchers, SB 1441 requires the promotion of transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexual at institutions, organizations and businesses that accept financial assistance for students or children. There is no exception in SB 1441 for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish or other religious institutions. STATUS: On Governor’s desk

AB 606 (Levine) would authorize the California Superintendent of Public Instruction to arbitrarily withhold state funds (around 2/3rds of a school district’s budget) from any district that does not adequately promote transsexuality, bisexuality, or homosexuality in its school policies. A companion bill of SB 1437, AB 606 “clears the way” by repealing the current state law prohibiting transsexual, bisexual, and homosexual curriculum from being forced upon local schools, and authorizes the state Superintendent to develop new curriculum that affirms transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality in all its forms. STATUS: On Senate floor

AB 1056 (Chu) would spend $250,000 in taxpayer dollars to promote transsexual, bisexual, and homosexual lifestyles under the banner of “tolerance education.” The bill redefines “tolerance” to allow schools to force attitudinal support of transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality, thus prohibiting any dissent. STATUS: On Senate floor

THE ASSEMBLY DEBATE ON SB 1437

Among the seven Republicans who spoke against SB 1437 on the Assembly floor was Jay La Suer of San Diego, who said SB 1437 was “nothing more than a camel’s nose of the homosexual agenda going into our schools.” “It’s about time we said enough is enough,” said La Suer. “Don’t push this down the throats of families who don’t want it and children who don’t understand it. This bill is a basically a predatory bill that preys upon the innocence of children.”

Taking the Democrats to task for pushing SB 1437 was Republican Dennis Mountjoy of Monrovia. “We’ll no longer have prom kings and queens; Jack and Jill can no longer walk up the hill,” he told the Democrat lawmakers. “The problem with public education is they’re turning into institutions of social experimentation and it is dangerous to our young people. If you can get them to read, write and get them to do some arithmetic, then you’ve been successful. But you don’t care about the basics; you want to socially engineer our children.”

Also speaking was Republican Doug La Malfa of Redding: “Parents are sick and tired of this kind of stuff being pushed upon their kids in school,” he said. “The confidence in the state school system is continuing to erode, and this is going to give it another giant lurch in the direction that parents and grandparents will lose more confidence in sending their children to California public schools.”

SB 1437 FLOOR VOTE

Voting “yes” on SB 1437 were 45 Democrats and one Republican (Keith Richman of Northridge): Baca, Bass, Berg, Bermudez, Calderon, Canciamilla, Chan, Chu, Cohn, Coto, De La Torre, Dymally, Evans, Frommer, Goldberg, Hancock, Jerome Horton, Jones, Karnette, Klehs, Koretz, Laird, Leno, Levine, Lieber, Lieu, Liu, Matthews, Montanez, Mullin, Nation, Nava, Negrete McLeod, Nunez, Oropeza, Pavley, Richman, Ridley-Thomas, Ruskin, Saldana, Salinas, Torrico, Umberg, Vargas, Wolk, and Yee.

Voting “no” on SB 1437 were 30 Republicans and one Democrat (Nicole Parra of Bakersfield): Aghazarian, Benoit, Blakeslee, Bogh, Cogdill, Daucher, De Vore, Emmerson, Garcia, Haynes, Shirley Horton, Houston, Huff, Keene, La Malfa, La Suer, Leslie, Maze, McCarthy, Mountjoy, Nakanishi, Niello, Parra, Plescia, Runner, Spitzer, Strickland, Tran, Villines, Walters, and Wyland.

Not voting on SB 1437 were two Democrats, Juan Arambula of Fresno and Ed Chavez of La Puente.

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