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In 2009, Harvard University became the first school of higher learning to establish an endowed chair in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund estimates that more than 100 openly homosexual candidates were elected to office nationwide in 2010, an increase of one-third from 2008 and nearly threefold the number of a decade earlier.

Remarking on the anticipated impact of the new California law, Carolyn Laub, director of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network in California, said, “Suddenly students [will] see [gays are] part of a broader community, and they have a much better understanding of that community in the context of the rest of the world. It has absolutely nothing to do with sex; it’s about entire communities that are left out.”

Ms. Laub is wrong on all counts. The new law perpetuates the myth that a group defined strictly by the sexuality of its members continues to be unjustly “left out” from the broader community.

An honest societal debate about homosexual rights is hampered by inflated numbers and inaccurate perceptions. These perceptions are a result of the public relations accomplishments of a small, well-funded, highly educated minority that has seized upon the language of the civil rights movement to achieve power and position.

In looking at California’s new educational guidelines, one wonders if it is too late to aspire to the goal of Martin Luther King, who longed for a world in which his children would be judged by the content of their character and not by any other factors.

Gary Bauer is president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families.