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Utah Passes Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill; Bans Discussion of Homosexuality and Contraceptives: VIDEO

Utah's legislature gave final passage this week with a Senate vote of 19-10 to an abstinence-only sex-ed bill that forbids discussion of homosexuality even if the student asks, FOX13 reports:

UtahAfter the new bill goes into effect, the teaching of sex education in Utah classrooms has to be about not having sex before marriage and fidelity within marriage. Teachers cannot advocate the use of contraceptives anymore and they cannot talk about homosexuality, even if asked by a student.

HB 363 would also allow any Utah school to opt out of sex education and would ban students from talking to their teachers about pre-marital sex.

“My problem is that we’re having essentially complete strangers teaching our children, who frankly we don’t know who they are and exactly what they’re teaching, with the most sensitive issues that do belong in the home,” said one Republican Senator during Tuesday’s floor debate.

Opponents of the bill, most of them Senate Democrats, say HB 363 is out of touch with reality.

Watch FOX13's report on the debate and passage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. God, how humiliating it must be to be from backward states likes Virginia, Utah and the like.

    Posted by: DBClark | Mar 8, 2012 7:47:11 PM

  2. Because abstinence has been such a great idea for the last 2,000 years....

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 8, 2012 7:48:20 PM

  3. Ok, so schools can opt out of sex ed altogether, which I believe is the better of the two options offered, on the medical philosophy of First Do No Harm. But how can a law impose a ban on what STUDENTS say, as opposed to teachers?

    Federal lawsuit in 5, 4, 3 ...

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 8, 2012 7:51:58 PM

  4. And Utah's governor said "We have no homosexuals in Utah"....

    Posted by: gb | Mar 8, 2012 7:51:59 PM

  5. Does it cover the consequences of sex with or without your magic underwear?

    Posted by: nick | Mar 8, 2012 7:57:56 PM

  6. "We don't know...what they're teaching"

    Sounds like these poor law-makers need someone to teach them sex ed

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 8, 2012 7:59:33 PM

  7. Those poor kids in this ignorant state who are not only going to be pushed deeper into the closet, but the straight kids are going to have to deal with unwanted pregnancies... well, I mean the straight girl. God forbid straight guys have an equal responsibility in it.

    The only good thing is the hard evidence people need to say "look what happens when abstinence only education is taught. Look at the increase in pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen suicides.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Mar 8, 2012 8:02:36 PM

  8. Out if touch with reality? Who? The mormons? Never.....

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 8, 2012 8:02:39 PM

  9. it's not as if kids take sex ed lessons seriously anyway. and what if some kid asks about homosexuality. is the teacher supposed to just stare them blankly in the face with no reply. how stupid. kids will find all they want to know about these topics on the internet anyway. how pointlessly backwards. a waste of money and time

    Posted by: DanSwon | Mar 8, 2012 8:03:37 PM

  10. It's a MORMON THING

    They are so afraid that their kids might hear that being Gay is OK, and not persue "self control" and therapy to heal themselves from the "affliction of same-sex attraction"
    You see, the entire religion is based on promise of the families being complete in the afterlife -- if queer Johnny sucks a cock (even if he is legally married to the man in some States) the best he can ever do is sit in the cheap seats of heaven, humiliating his family


    Posted by: Bob | Mar 8, 2012 8:10:23 PM

  11. Is this legal? What does the Department of Education say about this? Now I can see why Republicans want to get rid of government so people can do whatever the hell they want to.

    Posted by: zeddy | Mar 8, 2012 8:12:42 PM

  12. States which "teach" abstinence-only have higher teen pregnancy and STD rates than states having reality-based sex ed curriculum.

    "Suffer the little children..."
    Mark 10:14

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Mar 8, 2012 8:18:29 PM

  13. Today I learnt that covering the sun with a hand actually works if you pass a law.

    Posted by: Salythetruth | Mar 8, 2012 8:24:56 PM

  14. How does denying access to factual information benefit anyone?

    And if these kids can't talk to their teachers and won't talk to their parents about pre-marital sex or contraception, who do these idiots think their kids will go to for advice? Each other.

    Get ready for a huge increase in unplanned pregnancies and abortions in Utah.

    This is the most backwards-thinking anti-intellectual anti-educational fascist law I've ever heard of.

    Posted by: StudioTodd | Mar 8, 2012 8:31:20 PM

  15. @Zlick: They certainly can ban students' right to free speech. That was established by the Supreme Court years ago and hasn't been overruled.

    Mormons are the worst. I wouldn't sit next to one Mormon neighbor yesterday at a meeting because she is a pollutant. And I dated a gay Mormon years ago and he was just as bad. As someone posted recently, remove the second M from Mormon and there you have it.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 8, 2012 8:36:02 PM

  16. More gays will go the way of Marie Osmonds son. Suicide. Sad

    Posted by: Reppin2 | Mar 8, 2012 8:41:37 PM

  17. And banning teachers from even answering a simple question about homosexuality is just a blatant, transparent and desperate move to be able to ingrain their prejudices and bigotry (i.e. "values") into their offspring without any mitigation or examination.

    They are so afraid that if their kids hear the other side of an argument, they will realize what pathetic hateful idiots they have for parents.

    Posted by: StudioTodd | Mar 8, 2012 8:46:01 PM

  18. Ignorance prevails in yet another flyover state.

    Posted by: Max | Mar 8, 2012 8:49:19 PM

  19. The party of hate with the state of hate what do you expect? Flowers? The Mormons are not going to allow gays ideas in their state. I feel sorry for Gay Mormons. Hopefully when they become of age, the get the hell out of there.

    Posted by: Macmantoo | Mar 8, 2012 9:00:46 PM

  20. Hey, way to GO there, Utah! Great strategy to prepare your young people for life in the real world. God knows parents have ALWAYS done a wonderful job of sex-edjamakating their kids!

    Welcome to 1953.

    Whew, finally something that actually makes Ohio look like a progressive state!

    Posted by: jim | Mar 8, 2012 9:12:24 PM

  21. State sponsored bullying. Brought to you by the Latter Day Saints.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Mar 8, 2012 9:18:10 PM

  22. “My problem is that we’re having essentially complete strangers teaching our children, who frankly we don’t know who they are and exactly what they’re teaching, with the most sensitive issues that do belong in the home,” said one Republican Senator during Tuesday’s floor debate.

    Um, do parents in Utah not take the time out of their busy day to get to know the people teaching their children. How are the teachers "complete strangers" to these people?

    Posted by: Scoot | Mar 8, 2012 9:18:18 PM

  23. What's most disturbing about these stories is the fact that motivated, religious zealots have overrun this country while apathetic moderates and progressives have sat around oblivious to their own demise. If we think Obama has it in the bag we're all dreaming.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Mar 8, 2012 9:19:36 PM

  24. I suppose they will blame the liberal media when the rate of teen pregnancies and STDs rises. What have so many people got against having well educated and informed children? Do they not remember what they were like when they were teens or do Mormons not have sexual curiosity? Maybe the magic underwear is considered a form of birth control since it is so unsexy.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Mar 8, 2012 9:30:08 PM

  25. Strange states, biological reproductive science is to be taught in the home and religion is to be taught in the schools. Ignorance unfolds and multiplies, can we possibly wonder why?

    Posted by: StevyD | Mar 8, 2012 9:35:57 PM

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