Liberty Counsel calls California gay history law ‘bullying of the worst kind’


Shawn Akers, the Public Policy Analyst for the anti-gay organization Liberty Counsel, on Friday said that California’s new LGBT-inclusive history law represents bullying of the worst kind.

The law — known as the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful) Education Act — requires that the historical contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans to be included in history lessons and classroom textbooks.

Akers said it was “ironic” that gay rights groups supported anti-bullying initiatives, and referencing a case in New Mexico where LC is representing students who said they were disciplined for handing out bible verses, Akers said regarding the California law, “if you want to talk about bullying, this is the state bullying the weakest members of society.”


Liberty Counsel is one of 18 anti-gay groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center based on its “propagation of known falsehoods.”

The Liberty Counsel devotes its time to fighting against same-sex marriage, civil unions, and adoption by gays and lesbians, and opposes efforts to prohibit employment discrimination against gays, and also opposes ‘the addition of “sexual orientation”, “gender identity” or similar provisions’ to hate crimes legislation.

Liberty Counsel’s Cultural Affairs Director, Matt Barber, has previously claimed that LGBT youth commit suicide because they “know that what they are doing is unnatural, is wrong, is immoral.”

The California FAIR Education Act was approved in the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on July 14 — it takes effect in January.

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