Bid to Repeal Gay History Law in California Fails Petition doesn't get enough signatures to force vote By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 12, 2011 6:46 PM CDT 77 comments Comments Gay rights milestones will be taught in California history classes. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) (Newser) – A win for gay rights advocates in California: Opponents hoped to repeal a new law that requires public schools to teach about the contributions of gay people, but they failed to get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. That means the law will take effect as planned in January. Still, gay rights groups expect a bigger battle against the law to be waged for the November 2012 ballot. "In the end, 90 days was too short a time to accomplish such a large task," the Stop SB48 group told supporters in an email today, the deadline for signatures. "While we did not overturn this very bad law, we built a small army of dedicated volunteers that collected an incredible amount of signatures. There will be a next battle." The SDGLN site has the full email.