Last year I wrote about a bill which would have required the deletion of gender-specific terms such as "Mom," "Dad," "husband," and "wife" from California textbooks.
Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed that bill, but the same plan is once again working its way through the state legislature. The bill, SB777, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week.
The bill was authored by State Senator Sheila Keuhl, a lesbian activist.
As I wrote last year, this is not simply a California issue. California is one of the largest textbook purchasers in the nation, and textbook publishers often design their textbooks with California requirements in mind. As California textbooks go, so goes the nation.