In an August 3 Washington Times column, Gary Bauer, president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, criticized a California law that requires public schools to include historical contributions of the LGBT community. Bauer referred to the LGBT community as "one of the most conspicuous, strident and disproportionately influential groups in American life." From the Times:
In July, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a first-of-its-kind bill mandating the teaching of a subject about which he thinks Golden State public school students remain unacceptably unenlightened.
But the latest addition to the California public school curriculum will not help our children learn how to write a complete sentence, locate their home state on a map or even run a mile.
Instead, it aspires to sensitize students, as early as kindergarten, to the travails of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The FAIR Education Act requires the inclusion of the contributions of "sexual minorities" in California public school history lessons and textbooks.
As this new law suggests, homosexual rights advocates have convinced many Americans that they are large in number but short on influence. The opposite is true. In fact, LGBT Americans have become one of the most conspicuous, strident and disproportionately influential groups in American life.