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Petitioners trying to censor LGBT history from textbooks have ties to anti-gay groups

SAN DIEGO -- Stop SB 48, the petitioners who want to overturn the California law that allows textbooks to educate students on LGBT history, is teaming up with at least two other anti-gay groups to enlist churches to sign their petition.

Capitol Resource Institute, the group behind the Stop SB 48 campaign, is well-known in California for its anti-gay stances. It is hooking up with Concerned Women for America of California and the Pacific Justice Institute, two other anti-gay groups, to produce literature to encourage churches to sign the Stop SB 48 petition.

The anti-equality group has until mid-October to collect more than 504,000 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) is listed as a anti-gay group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such groups nationwide. Right Wing Watch, supported by People For The American Way, also considers CWA an extreme right-wing group.

The campaign is touting a CWA flyer on "How to Conduct a Petition Drive at your Church" and a brochure called "Political Guidelines for Churches and Pastors." It is also urging its supporters to use Pacific Justice Institute's "letter to pastors" to pressure them to support the petition.

Stop SB 48, Capitol Resource Institute, Concerned Women for America and Pacific Justice Institute are also part of the right wing cabal that includes Focus on Family and the California Family Council, all of whom are fighting SB 48.

Numerous groups ranging from the Courage Campaign to Gay-Straight Alliance and teachers associations are fighting the Stop SB 48 campaign.