Opponents of California’s FAIR Education Act are approaching the deadline for collecting signatures for a referendum repealing the law that would require schools to include the contributions of the LGBT community in curricula. It’s unclear whether the “Stop SB48” group will successfully collect enough verified signatures, but what is clear is the manipulative strategies they are using to gather those signatures. One signature collector suggested that signers were helping protect children from child molesters. Another alleged that the bill requires teaching about morality and upholding gay people as “role models.” Watch video of these disingenuous campaigners:
Every person is guilty of a misdemeanor who:
(a) Circulating, as principal or agent, or having charge or control of the circulation of, or obtaining signatures to, any state or local initiative, referendum or recall petition, intentionally misrepresents or intentionally makes any false statement concerning the contents, purport or effect of the petition to any person who signs, or who desires to sign, or who is requested to sign, or who makes inquiries with reference to it, or to whom it is presented for his or her signature.
(b) Willfully and knowingly circulates, publishes, or exhibits any false statement or misrepresentation concerning the contents, purport or effect of any state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition for the purpose of obtaining any signature to, or persuading or influencing any person to sign, that petition.