Saturday, October 11, 2008
First Grade Attends Lesbian "Wedding"
That was the refrain of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's infamous speech following the California Supreme Court's "Marriages" case.
And from today's San Francisco Chronicle:
"A group of San Francisco first-graders took an unusual field trip to City Hall on Friday to toss rose petals on their just-married lesbian teacher - putting the public school children at the center of a fierce election battle over the fate of same-sex marriage....
Mayor Gavin Newsom, a friend of a friend, officiated.
But there was a question of justifying the field trip academically. Jaroflow decided she could...
"It really is what we call a teachable moment," Jaroflow said, noting the historic significance of same-sex marriage and related civil rights issues. "I think I'm well within the parameters."
Nonetheless, the excursion offers Proposition 8 proponents fresh ammunition for their efforts to outlaw gay marriage in California, offering a real-life incident that echoes their recent television and radio ads...
'It's just utterly unreasonable that a public school field trip would be to a same-sex wedding,' said Chip White, press secretary for the Yes on 8 campaign. "This is overt indoctrination of children who are too young to have an understanding of its purpose...'
The trip illustrates the message promoted by the campaign in recent days, namely that unless Prop. 8 passes on Nov. 4, children will learn about same-sex marriage in school.
'It shows that not only can it happen, but it has already happened,' White said.
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