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Education Reporter
NUMBER 274 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 2008

First Graders Take Field Trip to Gay Wedding
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Less than four weeks before California voters would consider a ballot initiative to determine the fate of same-sex marriage in that state, a class of 18 1st-graders took a field trip to San Francisco city hall to congratulate their teacher just after her same-sex wedding. The 1st-graders blew bubbles and tossed rose petals over their teacher and her partner, after a ceremony at which San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsome officiated.

Liz Jaroflow, interim director of the 18 Creative Arts Charter School, which the students attend, defended the field trip as a "teachable moment," in view of the historical significance of same-sex weddings now taking place in California. "I think I'm well within the parameters," said Jaroflow. She denied that the field trip was controversial, and said she would gladly put her job on the line for this issue if necessary.

"It's just utterly unreasonable that a public school field trip would be to a same-sex wedding," said Chip White of the Yes on 8 campaign, which has sought to preserve traditional heterosexual marriage. "This is overt indoctrination of children who are too young to have an understanding of its purpose."

The campaign in favor of Proposition 8 has argued that if the ballot measure failed, children would have to learn about same-sex marriage in schools. The same week as the city hall field trip, the No on 8 campaign aired a commercial calling the claim about same-sex education in schools a "lie." The field trip certainly told a different story from the commercial. "It shows that not only can it happen, but it has already happened," said Chip White. (San Francisco Chronicle, 10-11-08)


 
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