An anti-gay rights group has purchased hourly radio spots to urge parents to keep their children home from school on Harvey Milk Day, which honors the gay rights pioneer.
Randy Thomasson, president of the SaveCalifornia.com, said the group bought more than 100 time slots for a radio ad in Los Angeles and Sacramento. It urges parents to "protect your children from Harvey Milk indoctrination," by keeping them home from school on Wednesday.
"This is harmful to children," Thomasson said. "This is not academic, it's brainwashing."
John O'Connor, executive director of the group Equality California, said the radio spots "expose homophobia" and "encourage discrimination."
Milk served less than a year on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as the first openly gay elected official in California before he was fatally shot in 1978 along with Mayor George Moscone by colleague Dan White. In 2009, the Legislature designated Milk's birthday, May 22, as a "day of special significance."
The law encourages schools to have "suitable commemorative exercises" to mark Milk's life.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the San Francisco Democrat who co-authored the law, called SaveCalifornia.com's efforts "pathetic."
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