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A California pro-family organization, SaveCalifornia, is asking Jerry Brown, the state’s Democratic governor, to veto what it describes as the “five worst” bills passed by the state’s Democratic-controlled Legislature.
Pro-family California residents have “seen dozens of anti-family, tyrannical bills pass in 2011,” according to SaveCalifornia President Randy Thomasson. He attributed that “to the foolish imaginations of the dominating Democratic legislators.”
Among the five offending bills the 10-year-old pro-family group identifies is a measure similar to one for which Texas Gov. Rick Perry, frontrunning candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, took considerable fire from his GOP rivals at their Monday debate in Tampa, Fla.
It would allow public school staff, nurses and others to push the HPV vaccine on girls as young as 12-years-old, without parental consent. The Centers for Disease Control report there have been nearly 19,000 reports of adverse events associated with the vaccine, including 68 deaths.
Another of the five worst bills, according to SaveCalifornia, is the so-called Domestic Partnership Equality Act. It aims to eliminate distinctions, under current state law, between marriage and domestic partnerships in anticipation of a federal ruling striking down Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that bans same-sex marriage in the Golden State.
The other three offending bills identified by SaveCalifornia may not readily be identified as family-related issues to most pro-family Californians. Two of them have to do with unionization of workers; the other with online voter registration.
SaveCalifornia makes the case that imposing compulsory unionization on non-unionized businesses will drive up costs for goods and services, which is bad for California families trying to make ends meet.
It also argues that online voter registration will exacerbate the problems of voter fraud California has experienced in past elections, usually to the detriment of candidates and causes supported by the state’s pro-family residents.
Logic would suggest there is little chance Brown will veto any of the five bills targeted by SaveCalifornia, but Thomasson is hopeful.
True, he said, the governor has signed some legislation into law that is anathema pro-family Californians, like a measure “mandating blatant homosexual-bisexual-transsexual indoctrination of children, without parental consent.”
But, it is also true, he noted, that Brown has vetoed bills “that would have imposed new state mandates, coerced more people into costly unions, and limited the power of voter initiatives.” All measures opposed by SaveCalifornia.
So, said Thomasson, urging the Golden State’s pro-family community to call, email or fax the governor, “it’s worth ‘testing’ Jerry Brown on the worst bills on his desk.”