All's FAIR in love and classrooms

It has come a long way since the dark days of proposition eight, which declared that only marriage between couples of the opposite sex would be constitutionally-recognised by the state of California. Now the state, led by Senator Mark Leno, has had a bill, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act, passed by the Senate that requires schools, by law, to teach LGBT history as part of their curriculum.

Despite having previously opposed the gay rights movement by backing senior officials such as Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar, the state is now awaiting legislation to be passed that will allow same-sex couples to be married in California, NBC LA reveals. Until that time, children will be able to understand why it is that the gay rights movement was founded in the seventies and still has much work to do today:

''Most textbooks don't include any information about LGBT historical figures or the LGBT civil rights movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history,' Leno said in a release.'

'California, the nation's most populous state, buys a great many textbooks, so altering those books to meet only one state's order may not make publishing sense -- this alteration could spread to other states, too.'

The bill hopes to reduce incidents of bullying and harassment in schools by means of educating children in all forms of social science and history.

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