Governor Frank J. White signs into law Arkansas' infamous "Balanced Treatment" act (Act 590), mandating that any science class which teaches about evolution must also give equal time to teaching about creationism.
Governor White denies that he's discussed the implementation of the law with the state's Department of Education and says: "It just says they have to have equal treatment, so they can get supplemental material without reprinting the textbooks they have now."
The law is challenged and eventually struck down by Judge William Overton in the case of Mclean v. Arkansas. Overton will write in his decision:
"The approach to teaching "creation science" and "evolution- science" found in Act 590 is identical to the two-model approach espoused by the Institute for Creation Research and is taken almost verbatim from ICR writings.
It is an extension of Fundamentalists' view that one must either accept the literal interpretation of Genesis or else believe in the godless system of evolution."