California orders gay history in textbooks

SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters Life!) – California became  the first U.S. state to require that public school textbooks  include the accomplishments of gay, lesbian and transgender  Americans as Governor Jerry Brown signed the mandate into law.

“History should be honest,” Brown said in a written  statement released by his office.

The measure won final passage from the state legislature  earlier this month when it passed on a 49-25 party-line vote,  with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.

“This bill revises existing laws that prohibit  discrimination in education and ensures that the important  contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of  life are included in our history books,” Brown said. “It  represents an important step forward for our state.

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