State Superintendent Jack O’Connell Speaks Against Prop 8

Have you seen the new t.v. commercial by California State Superintendent of Instruction Jack O’Connell? In the ad, he states, “our schools are not required to teach anything about marriage. . .and using kids to lie about that is shameful.”

What’s the truth? Well, technically, Mr. O’Connell is correct. Schools are not REQUIRED to teach about marriage. But, here are the facts he conveniently left out of his commerical . . .

1. Sex Education is optional for schools, but 96% of all schools surveyed by the California Department of Education state that they DO teach it.

2. For those 96% of the schools that choose to teach sex ed, they MUST teach “respect for marriage and committed relationships”

3. If California redefines marriage, then for those 96% of our schools, the discussion during sex ed will be redefined as well.

See Protect Marriage’s letter responding to Jack O’Connell:

Response to Jack O’Connell

For more information about Prop 8, visit What Is Prop 8? or


2 comments so far

  1. Heather on

    When I saw him on TV, I actually yelled at the TV, I’m ashamed to admit it now, but I did, I was so upset that he would stand up there and LIE. And unfortunately the only research a lot of people do is from the tv. 😦


  2. abbyearth on

    Your blog is great and I feel like asking no on 8’s:
    Hey! Got Research? Bashing, accusations, emotions are running high in this election about Prop. 8 but I’m not seeing people talk about the hard-core research. There is no hate in facts. They just are. And they are in support of yes on Prop. 8…

    The country of France did their homework. They read the research and decided to put children’s needs first because kids thrive more in a heterosexual marriage. Don’t believe me? Read the research yourself:

    Thanks! htt://

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