SAVECALIFORNIA.COM NEWS RELEASE
September 17, 2009 -- For Immediate Release
More than 14,000 Petition Signatures Delivered to Governor
Schwarzenegger Demanding Veto of 'Harvey Milk Gay Day'
More signatures against than for SB 572 collected in one month's time
Sacramento, California -- More than 14,000 signatures of Californians opposing 'Harvey Milk Gay Day' for schoolchildren have been delivered to Governor Schwarzenegger, urging him to veto the bill like he did last year.
The 14,255 signatures were collected in less than a month via online and paper petitions by SaveCalifornia.com, a statewide pro-family, pro-child organization that is leading the charge against SB 572, "Harvey Milk Gay Day," which is on the Governor's desk.
"In less than a month, many more parents and grandparents have signed petitions opposing "Harvey Milk Gay Day" than those who, in the same span of a month, signed petitions supporting this school day of blatant sexual indoctrination," said SaveCalifornia.com President Randy Thomasson. "The large and growing opposition to SB 572 isn't surprising. Only one out of five Californians support honoring Harvey Milk with a "day of significance."
The petitions, delivered today to the Governor's office by Thomasson and parents, read as follows:
Petition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
to veto SB 572, creating "Harvey Milk Gay Day"
Whereas, the appropriate goal of the California public school system is to teach children academic proficiency, not to indoctrinate children with controversial and politically-correct notions;
Whereas, the effect of SB 572 is to openly teach children that homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality are good and natural and maybe for them;
Whereas, fathers and mothers -- not politicians -- should have the final say about the teaching of sexual lifestyles to their children;
Whereas, by passing SB 572, the California Legislature is pressuring children in public schools, as young as kindergarten, to celebrate "Harvey Milk Gay Day," regardless of their parents' wishes;
Whereas, the Governor of the State of California retains veto power over this legislation;
Whereas, in 2008, the Governor vetoed the same bill pushing "Harvey Milk Gay Day" (AB 2567);
Therefore, I hereby urge Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to exercise his constitutional power to veto and strike down SB 572.
"'Harvey Milk Gay Day' is opposed by most Californians, who want schoolchildren to be taught academics, not perverse sexual indoctrination," said Thomasson. "These petitions demand that the Governor veto 'Harvey Milk Gay Day' because the appropriate goal of schools is to teach academic proficiency, not sexually-charged and politically-correct notions. The highest percentage of phone calls, faxes, emails, poll respondents, and now petitions to the Governor all say 'no way' to 'Harvey Milk Gay Day.'"
A SEXUAL PREDATOR OF TEENS
Randy Shilts, a homosexual San Francisco Chronicle reporter, wrote a favorable and sordid biography of Milk in "The Mayor of Castro Street." The 1982 book detailed Milk's sexual relationships with a 16-year-old, a 19-year-old and other young men:
"...sixteen-year-old McKinley was looking for some kind of father figure...At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him." (pages 30-31)
"It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20's that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life." (page 24)
"Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with substance abuse problems." (page 180)
"Harvey confided one night that at twenty-four, Doug was the oldest man Harvey had ever started an affair with." (page 237)
ADVOCATED MULTIPLE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS AT THE SAME TIME
Explaining Milk's many flings and affairs with teenagers and young men, Randy Shilts writes how Milk told one "lover" why it was OK for him to also have multiple relationships simultaneously:
"As homosexuals, we can't depend on the heterosexual model...We grow up with the heterosexual model, but we don’t have to follow it. We should be developing our own life-style. There's no reason why you can't love more than one person at a time. You don't have to love them all the same. You love some less, love some more -- and always be honest with everybody about where you're at. They in turn can do the same thing and it can open up a bigger sphere." (pages 237-238)
PUBLICLY LIED FOR YEARS ABOUT HIS MILITARY CAREER
"He had not suffered this disgrace, he told a later campaign manager, but he knew the story would make good copy. If anyone said something to Harvey about his fondness for such stunts, he would gesture wildly as launched into a lecture. 'Symbols, symbols, symbols,' he insisted. Sure, he had not been kicked out of the military...The point of the story was to let people know that service people routinely do get kicked out. Besides, he once confided, 'Maybe people will read it, feel sorry for me, and then vote for me.'" (Randy Shilts, The Mayor of Castro Street, p. 78-79)
The text of SB 572 states that "On Harvey Milk Day, exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state" shall be conducted; specifically, "all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to observe...and...conduct suitable commemorative exercises."
"This bill is not about 'gay rights' or 'stopping harassment,'" said Thomasson. "Instead, SB 572 is outright promotion of everything Harvey Milk believed in -- the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual agenda pushed upon schoolchildren as young as kindergarten, without parental permission."
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