California gov signs landmark law on gay history

Gov Jerry Brown has signed a landmark bill adding lessons about gay history to social studies classes in California`s public schools.

Updated: Jul 15, 2011, 10:22 AM IST

Sacramento: Gov Jerry Brown
has signed a landmark bill adding lessons about gay history to
social studies classes in California`s public schools.

Brown, a Democrat, signed the bill today, making
California the first state in the nation to require public
schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in
social studies curriculum.

The Democratic-majority Legislature passed the bill
last week on a largely party-line vote.

The bill has drawn criticism from some churches and
conservative groups that argue such instruction would expose
students to a subject that some parents find objectionable.

Democratic state Sen Mark Leno of San Francisco, the
bill`s author, has said that teaching gay history in public
schools will teach students to be more accepting of gays and
lesbians.

PTI