Senate Bill 777 not only bans bias against, butallows positive portrayals of homosexuals, transgenders, and bisexuals at public school passed the California Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 28, 2007.
It goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2008 and the following could be eliminated from California public schools because they are deemed to have a "discriminatory bias":
Note that existing law already prohibits any instruction or activity that "reflects adversely" upon a student because of their race, sex, color, creed, etc. As part of the this legislation, all school materials and activities would have to positively portray sexually alternative lifestyles. Instructors would also not need parental permission to teach these subjects to their children – a result that many pro-family groups object to.
"S.B. 777 is an astounding assault on traditional values in California, especially for religious students," explained Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute (CRI), in a statement. "These types of laws that favor someone simply because of their sexual orientation will inevitably result in reverse discrimination against religious students."
All 7 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee voted to move S.B. 777 along onto the Assembly floor while all 3 Republicans voted against it, and is already in practice in the Los Angeles Unified School District.