Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he had signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

“This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books. It represents an important step forward for our state, and I thank Senator Leno for his hard work on this historic legislation.”

The governor was referring to the bill’s author, Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat.

Rev. Louis Sheldon, chairman and founder of the Traditional Values Coalition, said “If parents don’t already have their children out of public schools, this should cause them to remove them.”

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