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Success: Stop SB 48 campaign announces failure to qualify FAIR Education Act for referendum

FAIR Education Act

By Adam Bink

Success! This morning, the Stop SB 48 campaign announced their  failure to qualify the FAIR Education Act (SB 48) for a ballot referendum, writing in an e-mail “…it is doubtful we will get the number of signatures we need to qualify.”

This represents a major victory for the community. Protecting fair, inclusive and accurate history by including the contributions of the LGBT community is a first-in-the-nation moment. The failure of the Stop SB 48 campaign to qualify it for the ballot is a testament to the ability of Californians to see through the lies that our opponents spread.

Unfortunately, the fight isn’t  done. Already hate groups are making noises about trying for November 2012 with a new signature drive, and the National Organization for Marriage is raising money around it. This effort was intended to qualify for June 2012, but with Gov. Brown signing SB 202 and the failure to gather enough signatures, they are able to try again with lessons learned. So, we aren’t resting.

Below is a message to our members we just sent, noting our community’s hard work to tell the truth about the FAIR Education Act and confront our opponents’ lies. The subject notes that we’ve succeeded and the FAIR Education Act is safe…for now. Emphasis on “for now.” Please chip in to help defend it permanently and keep it off the November 2012 ballot.

Courage Campaign California


We did it! Just now, the Stop SB 48 campaign announced they’ve failed to collect enough signatures to qualify the FAIR Education Act for a ballot referendum! We all pulled together and made it happen.

But this isn’t over yet. It looks like they’re going to try a new signature drive to place it on the November 2012 ballot, which means we’ve got a new fight on our hands. Can you chip in NOW to beat them a second time?

Our decline-to-sign campaign worked, Adam, because we took the fight to them. When they announced this effort, we immediately began our “Ban Me?” public education campaign to raise awareness on what the FAIR Education Act really is and does. We were the first to spot signature-gatherers at Calvary Chapel Church in Chino Hills.

We also put the spotlight on their lies. When we caught their signature-gatherers lying, Courage Campaign members like Max Disposti got video and we immediately reported them to the state’s law authorities for violations of California Elections Code. We confronted hate group leaders like Rev. Louis Sheldon in person about the lies he was spreading. And we placed media stories throughout the state on the Stop SB 48 campaign’s lies, so that potential signers of their referendum petition heard about these people and knew what they were selling was garbage.

But it ain’t over until it’s over. Big national hate groups like National Organization for Marriage have already begun raising money to put this on the November 2012 ballot, and we can’t let ourselves be outmatched. They have to start collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures again, which means we’ve still got work to do.  We can do everything above and more, but only with your contribution.

Can you chip in today to keep our decline-to-sign campaign going so we can keep this off the November 2012 ballot?

Thanks for everything you’ve done. We’ve notched a big win and beat back the forces of homophobia to defend inclusive, fair, and accurate history for California kids. Now let’s do it a second time!


–Arisha, Adam, Ana, Anthony, Cait and the rest of the team at the Courage Campaign


  • 1. Tom B.  |  October 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Success! Equality wins again!

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  • 3. Alan_Eckert  |  October 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Don't hold your breath. There will probably be another campaign, especially if the "Save California" guy has his way.

  • 4. Dee  |  October 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Either way, the anti-bullying bill passed, and as long as this one keeps taking all the heat, we've really done quite well. That bill was always a bigger victory in substance.

  • 5. Adam Bink  |  October 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Which is why we're raising money to prep for a November 2012 push.

  • 6. Bob  |  October 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    SB48 provides for the recognition of numerous groups in the teaching of history. It's been suggested that the next attempt will be to single out gays and lesbians for non-inclusion in the curriculum. If that's the case, the proponents may be in for a rude awakening. It will be very difficult to justify removing a single group of people from the curriculum without running afoul of Romer vs Evans.

  • 7. Paul  |  October 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    They only had 90 days from enactment of the law to qualify it for ANY veto referendum according to the California Constitution. They can't try again in a few months. It's over.

  • 8. jpmassar  |  October 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    But they could presumably create a ballot initiative that modified or repealed the law, rather than a people's veto referendum.

  • 9. Paul  |  October 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Doubtful they could do so constitutionally. this post seems like little more than scare tactics and a fundraising drive.

  • 10. Prop 8 Trial Tracker &raq&hellip  |  November 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    […] the Stop SB 48 campaign, a few weeks off their failure to qualify a ballot referendum to overturn the FAIR Education Act (SB 48), announced that they are “working on an initiative.” For those not following, […]

  • 11. Diana  |  May 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Marriage is between a man and a woman. DOMA should be upheld. The majority of voters passed Yes on Prop 8. Children have enough required subjects to learn in school. There is no real need for children to learn about gays in the classrooms. I would like to sign Stop SB 48.

  • 12. Embry  |  May 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Ingrate uneducated Fascist bigot.

  • 13. Bob  |  May 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

    why are you telling us about this Diana?????

  • 14. Roxy  |  June 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I don't get it–why do we have to rely on our gayness to get into the history books? Why not just the FAIR, tried and true way, which is to actually accomplish something? I wouldn't want to get recognized for something insignificant just cuz I happened to be gay. Gore Vidal deserves recognition for his artistic accomplishments, his gayness is just who he happens to be. Stephen Hawking is recognized for his scientific accomplishments–his AML is a neat part of who he is, but there are lots of others with AML who aren't going down in history because they didn't accomplish much to earn a place in the history books. They also happen to be White and Male, but that doesn't need to be emphasized. Kids deserve to learn about their accomplishments, but emphasizing too many other facts about them can detract from appreciating their accomplishments. I say let people earn their way into a history book based on what they've done! I don't care if they have blond or blue hair, or who or what their sexual preference.

  • 15. Suzy  |  June 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I really don't get the inequality part. A gay man has the same rights as a straight man to marry a female and vice versa. A gay man does not have the same right to marry a child just like a straight man. A gay man also does not have the right to marry 2 women just like a straight man. Same sex marriage is a NEW right, not an EQUAL right. Gays have the same right to vote, sit in a bus, use the same restrooms, sit in the same classroom, live in the same neighborhoods as straight men. A robbery against a gay man is equally prosecuted as a crime against a straight man–it's a robbery, no more, no less. It's not to say that the gay communitiy hasn't endured SOCIAL injustices (person to person) but gays are lucky to have protection under law against harassment (like all others). It is NOTHING like the racial inequality that Blacks (and Asians and Latinos) had to face in the early part of last century. It is NOTHING like "separate but equal." To say so is to seriously undermine the travesties that Blacks (and Asians and Latinos) had to endure under the LAW! I think the fight is not a legal one, but a social/cultural one in which everyone needs to be kind and loving toward others, even when it's felt that others may be "wrong."

  • 16. Embry  |  June 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm


  • 17. Roxy  |  June 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    It would be wrong to single out LGBT's and specifically exclude them from the curriculum. But it's also silly to recognize people based on their belonging to a particular group, which is essentially what SB 48 does. Why can't we just have an open playing field for ALL people? This doesn't have to be specified. IT OUGHT TO BE THAT TEXTBOOKS RECOGNIZE PEOPLE FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, NOT WHAT GROUP THEY BELONG TO. Society keeps changing. Are we going to have to add a new law every few years to recognize some new group that feels itself underrepresented? And expend resources we don't have to re-create curricula/ reprint textbooks based on some minutia when kids are struggling to read and do arithmetic at a basic level on one end, and we have cut programs for gifted kids on the other end? And we're wondering why California is broke? And our kids aren't learning? Our legislators need to stop the nonsense and focus on what is important!

  • 18. Roxy  |  June 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    SPECIAL RIGHTS, NOT EQUAL RIGHTS! SB 48 is unnecessary. Section 220 of the California Education Code states: "No person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of
    disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, or any other characteristic that is contained in the
    definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal
    Code in any program or activity conducted by an educational
    institution that receives, or benefits from, state financial
    assistance or enrolls pupils who receive state student financial aid." The CLASS Act states: "Further, no historical figure shall be excluded from inclusion in social science instruction, instructional materials, or textbooks merely because of membership in, or possessing a characteristic associated with, a protected class as defined in section 220 of the Education Code." (The Class Act also says "Section 4. Nothing in this Act shall require the expenditure of additional tax dollars for textbooks or instructional materials. This Act supersedes all other statutory provisions relating to this subject, including but not limited to, sections 51204.5, 51500, 51501, and 60040 and 60044 of the Education Code.") TO BE AGAINST THE CLASS ACT MEANS YOU WANT SPECIAL RIGHTS FOR CERTAIN GROUPS, NOT EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL! AND AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE! JUST BE HONEST AND ADMIT YOU WANT SPECIAL RIGHTS, NOT EQUAL RIGHTS! And your opinion doesn't represent all LGBT people.

  • 19. Embry  |  June 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm


  • 20. Suzy  |  June 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Would you endorse a change in the definition of marriage to also include polygamy?

  • 21. Embry  |  June 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Reich-wing straw dross. Shoo, SHOO!!!

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