The state Supreme Court approved the legalization of gay marriage this year. A new measure to put a ban on gay marriage in the state of California, Proposition 8, has gotten much attention over the past few months. Plans to vote on the measure on November 4th have some supporters of the proposition thinking of ways to most effectively influence voters. The most recent strategy involves advertisements that insinuate how not passing the bill will force public school teachers to discuss same-sex marriage with young students. However, as reported by The Associated Press, opponents of Proposition 8 have pointed out that these advertisements are misleading because tolerance for everyone, including gay individuals, will be taught in public schools regardless.
Many in the California education system strongly oppose the measure that would do more to promote homophobia and intolerance in schools, than what advocates of it term “protecting children.” A recent hate crime case involving the shooting death of a 15 year-old student who discussed being gay, demonstrated the need for more awareness in California schools of prejudice issues that need to be addressed. Several educators in public schools view promoting tolerance as a more viable means of providing protection.
The state Supreme Court approved the legalization of gay marriage this year.