Discrimination bill undermines moral values, says George Runner
State Senator George Runner, and his wife, Assemblywoman Sharon Runner have taken a firm stance against Senate Bill 777, authored by Senator Sheila Kuehl.
The bill is meant to stop the instruction or activity by schools that reflects or promotes a discriminatory bias against a person based on their sexual orientation or gender.
Assemblywoman Sharon Runner says that the bill is not needed because of existing rules. “This is an unnecessary bill,” Assemblywoman Runner said. “The existing education code already provides protection against all forms of discrimination and is consistent with our state’s hate crime law.”
But aside from the overlapping, the Runners say that the bill goes one step further in forcibly silencing those advocating for traditional family values.
Pro-family groups argue that this bill will implement reverse discrimination on teachers and students who do not agree with the homosexual, bisexual or transgender lifestyle and limit their right to speak freely about this issue.
“This bill is not simply about ending bullying and discrimination, but rather it is about undermining traditional family values,” Senator Runner said. “We believe that any bullying and discrimination should be punished, but that does not mean that opposing viewpoints need to be silenced to achieve this,” he added.
Governor Schwarzenegger signed this bill into law on Oct.12.
Capitol Resource Institute has begun the referendum process and will circulate petitions to acquire approximately 500,000 registered voters’ signatures in 90 days to stop the law from being implemented.
“This is an issue that should be brought before the voters,” Assemblywoman Runner said. “Government should not be replacing parents when it comes to teaching our children moral values.”