Election season is almost upon us and around the country various issues beyond the presidential race have been added to the ballot.
In California, one of these is called Proposition 8.
Gay marriage has been legal in California since last May. Proposition 8 seeks to change that. If it passes, gay marriage will become illegal and the California constitution will include the phrase: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
Recently, supporters of the proposition have been running ads claiming that if 8 doesn’t pass, school children will be forced to learn about gay marriage in school.
In my mind, that sure isn’t the end of the world. But that’s kind of beside the point because even if it was, this simply isn’t true!
According to an article in the LA Times,
"There is nothing in the state education code that requires schools to teach anything about marriage. Even the decision about whether to offer comprehensive sex education is left up to individual school districts. What state law does require is that districts that offer sex education ‘teach respect for marriage and committed relationships.’"
Supporters of 8 seem to think that parents will vote in favor of the proposition because they are horrified to think that their children might learn about gay marriage. Do you think that could happen? Do you think your parents would be upset if you learned about same sex marriage in school?
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