This Fall, opponents of California’s Gay Curriculum Lesson Law are gathering signatures for a ballot referendum by October 12th to repeal a new law requiring California public schools to teach gay history, KABC reports.

The gay curriculum law, Senate Bill 48, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in July of this year, is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2012 and be fully implemented by the ’15-’16 school year.

The law requires that social studies classes in California public schools include gay history in America, proposing that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, be recognized among other social and ethnic groups whose contributions have made a significant impact on American society. The law also would prohibit the distribution of material with a perceived adverse effect on gays.

Advocates of SB 48 believe the new law will create a safer environment that is more accepting of gay students, while bringing an awareness of the LGBT communities’ role within the larger culture. Contrarily, the conservative viewpoint disapproves, saying it would teach children to accept homosexuality.

Referendum supporters have until October 12th to obtain 504,760 signatures to prevent the California’s Gay Curriculum Lesson Law from going into effect.

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