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TBC Staff

Lawmakers pass redefinition of 'sex' [Excerpts]
Bill threatens references to 'mom,' 'dad' at school

In a move with national implications, California's state Senate passed a bill that establishes a new definition for "sex," threatens references to "mom" and "dad" and could restrict the presentation of scientific evidence to students.

The plan, SB 777, which actually would turn the state into a promoter for the homosexual lifestyle, is much like a bill approved by lawmakers last year <> but vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said adequate legal protections against discrimination already existed.

The newest legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Sheila James Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, a lesbian, would ban textbooks, references, teaching aids, activities, events, discussions, posters, announcements, workbooks and anything else within the public school <> system from anything that "reflects or promotes bias against" homosexuality, transgenders, bisexuals or those with "perceived" gender issues.

References to a "mother" and "father" in any school text appear to be threatened, because they could be interpreted as "reflecting" a bias against the "Partner 1" and "Partner 2" of same-sex lifestyles.

Randy Thomasson, of the Campaign for Children and Families, <> said it's just wrong.

"SB 777 requires textbooks, instructional materials and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, homosexual 'marriages' and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, including so-called 'gay history,'" he said. "Silence on these sexual lifestyles will not be allowed."

The current education code's definition of "sex," which reads, "'Sex' means the biological condition or quality of being a male or female human being," is eliminated. The new "gender" definition considers "a person's gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at birth."

The new mandate would be enforced by the attorneys of the California Department of Education, which would sue school districts that don't comply, Thomasson noted.

The Los Angeles <> district already has implemented many of the proposals in the legislation. Among the most obvious changes:

   * Words such as "mom" and "dad" and "husband" and "wife" would have
     to be edited from all texts.
   * Cheerleading and sports teams would have to be gender-neutral.
   * Prom kings and queens would be banned, or if featured, would have
     to be gender neutral so that the king could be female and the
     queen male.
   * Gender-neutral bathrooms could be required for those confused
     about their gender identity.
   * A male who believes he really is female would be allowed into the
     women's restroom, and a woman believing herself a male would be
     allowed into a men's room.
   * Even scientific information, such as statistics showing AIDS
     rates in the homosexual community or statistics relating to births
     or deaths among various cultural groups, could be banned.