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Conservative Leaders to Hold Pro-Family Rally at California Republican Party Convention

Leaders will urge Governor Schwarzenegger to veto "Triple Threat" homosexual legislation


Contact: Karen England, Executive Director, Capitol Resource Institute, 916-212-5607


LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Capitol Resource Institute and the California Republican Assembly will sponsor a "Veto the Triple Threat" pro-family rally at the California Republican Party Convention today. Scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at The Plaza Pavilion at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, conservative leaders will urge Governor Schwarzenegger to veto AB 606, AB 1056, and SB 1437.


Dubbed the "Triple Threat" to California families, AB 606, AB 1056 and SB 1437 would advance the extreme homosexual agenda in California. "Our goal is to let Governor Schwarzenegger know that California families expect him to keep his promise to veto SB 1437," stated Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Institute. "We are also counting on him to defend free speech and religion by vetoing the equally offensive AB 606 and AB 1056."


Senate candidate Dick Mountjoy, State Controller candidate Tony Strickland, Senator George Runner, Assemblywoman Sharon Runner and Assemblywoman Mimi Walters will join many other conservative leaders at the rally to support California families.


Co-sponsors of the rally include Concerned Women for America (California), Eagle Forum of California, and Pacific Justice Institute. "The conservative and pro-family organizations of California have united together in our opposition to the Triple Threat because we recognize just how damaging these bills are to freedom of speech and the liberty of every family," noted England.


AB 1437 would prevent textbooks, teaching materials, instruction, and all "school-sponsored activities" (sports programs, the prom, etc.) from "reflecting adversely" upon persons based on their sexual orientation or actual or perceived gender. This would result in gender-neutral restrooms, locker rooms and dress codes.


AB 606 requires schools to enact anti-discrimination policies based on actual or perceived gender and sexual orientation. In order to enforce this requirement, the legislation gives unlimited power to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to withhold state funding of a school district he believes is not in compliance. No government officials should be able to blackmail school districts into brainwashing their students. AB 1056 seeks to redefine the word tolerance for public schools to mean "conveying respect" for homosexuality or other lifestyles. Students with religious or moral objections to homosexuality would be deemed "intolerant" under this assault on freedom of speech and religion.