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Governator vetos textbook anti-bias bill

After the fundie eruption last week, he bowed down before them for this one. (365gay):

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation on Wednesday that would prohibit any negative portrayal of gays in textbooks and other instructional material.

The bill was an amended version of an earlier one that would have mandated the teaching of LGBT history in state schools that Schwarzenegger warned he would veto. The weakened version passed the Senate last week.

Conservative Republicans and anti-gay political action groups have been pressuring the governor to reject even the new version.

In a statement from his office Schwarzenegger said the bill was vague and potentially confusing and was redundant because California’s education code already prohibits discrimination in schools.

The statement also said that everyone is entitled to “equal rights and opportunities in our state educational institutions, regardless of their sex, ethnic group, race, national origin, religion, disability and sexual orientation.”

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