Group seeking to repeal CA FAIR Education Act falls short of necessary signatures

by on October 13, 2011  •  In States

The Stop SB48 group came up short yesterday in submittting enough signatures to move forward with a referendum to repeal the California FAIR Act. It appears from the following SF Chronicle article that support from their fellow conservatives was underwhelming. This means that the law will go into effect on January 1 as scheduled. However, it is still possible that the issue could go on the November 2012 ballot in a different form.

Backers of an effort to repeal a law that requires schools teach about the historical contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and people with disabilities, failed to collect enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

The group, Stop SB48, which is named after the law, faced a Wednesday deadline to turn in just under 505,000 signatures. In an e-mail, the group said, "We thank all of you that worked so hard to provide the hundreds of thousands of signatures received. In the end, 90 days was too short a time to accomplish such a large task."

The nearly all-volunteer effort faced not only a short time frame, but a lack of significant contributions from national socially conservative organizations. The backers of the referendum noted that point in their e-mail.

"They said we did not have enough money, the commitment of enough groups, or enough days. Ultimately they were right. And in private perhaps they will ask if the effort they withheld would have made the critical difference," the e-mail stated.

Still the group vowed, "There will be a next battle." Gay rights organizations believe it is likely that efforts to fight the law will continue in the form of a ballot initiative for the November 2012 election that will attract big pocket donors.

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires that public schools include the historical contributions of LGBT people and people with disabilities in social science instructions. Textbooks also will have to include that information.


One Response to Group seeking to repeal CA FAIR Education Act falls short of necessary signatures

  1. 2012 Timberland January 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    I like ANMJ on FB & just subscribed to the email feed! :)

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