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Missouri Has a 'Don't Say Gay' Bill and It's Marching Forward

Missouri House Bill 2051, sponsored by Representative Steve Cookson (R-153, pictured), was referred to the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, Vital Voice reports.

CooksonThis bill is co-sponsored by many members of the House Majority leadership such as Speaker-elect Tim Jones, John Diehl and current Speaker Steven Tilley. The text of the bill is short, but the intent is wide-ranging:

170.370. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school.

Adds the site: "Let’s be clear. This bill, while clearly a flagrant violation of the First Amendment guarantee of Freedom of Speech, not only attempts to prohibit schools from even discussing gay and lesbian issues; it also aims to keep Gay-Straight Alliances from meeting on school grounds as approved extracurricular entities."

(via think progress)

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  1. You would think that there were more pressing issues for the GOP rather than gay bashing - apparently not!

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 20, 2012 10:26:53 AM


  2. Missouri is the "Show Me" state. Honey, I wouldn't just say gay, I would SHOW them gay.
    Damned bigots.

    Posted by: SONNIE | Apr 20, 2012 10:33:35 AM


  3. This is the same state that just made it illegal to discriminate against conceal and carry gun owners but voted down a version of EDNA. The hypocrisy of these bigots is unbelievable.

    Posted by: JZN | Apr 20, 2012 11:12:27 AM


  4. The longest week I ever spent was a weekend in St. Louis.

    Posted by: Charley | Apr 20, 2012 11:29:04 AM


  5. I think everyone has overlooked the fact that he is gay! I mean look at that pose. Marcus Bachmann is more butch than he is! Geez, when will these closet cases stop!

    Posted by: Aaron | Apr 20, 2012 11:36:43 AM


  6. Wtf is it with obvious gay men thinking homophobia will turn them sttaight?

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 20, 2012 11:45:58 AM


  7. Come on, now. We need to suck up to Republicans, not cut them down. What good does it do to call a hateful, bigoted, ignorant, religious nut job a hateful, bigoted, ignorant, religious nut job? It just makes them not like us. And they'll never respect us unless we give up on the principle that we are equal and deserving of respect. Accept the bullying, which surely will only increase with ignorance. Then they'll like AND respect us.

    Wait, what?

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 20, 2012 11:54:13 AM


  8. You can sign PROMO's petition here:

    http://equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/o/35019/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=902


    PROMO is Missouri's LGBT organization.

    Posted by: AJ Bockelman | Apr 20, 2012 12:02:26 PM


  9. I live in Kansas have worked at Hallmark Cards in Missouri. Their schools have fallen part in Missouri the black on black crime is appalling.There is at least a couple of murders by guns, a week!
    Funny thing though lots of old republican money floating around here.The city has got tons of HUGE homes and well healed areas. Everything here is republican and christian based . Few democrats get elected here well maybe dog catcher. The outer limits of both Mo. and K.S.are even worse. If the republicans do on a national level like they have done here the" Show Me" state should be called 'The Don't Show Me" state".

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Apr 20, 2012 12:05:38 PM


  10. Wow, And I thought just Tennessee had most of the ignorant head cases.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 20, 2012 12:21:03 PM


  11. Anti-bullying bill proposed. Conservative response: Kids will be kids. You can't just silence them. That's a violation of their First Amendment. If a kid has a religious reason to say something anti-LGBT, he/she should have that right.

    Don't Say Gay Bill proposed. Conservative response: Teachers and adults in a school setting should never discuss anything gay, even when asked by students. This bill in no way violates the First Amendment.

    I wonder what it's like to believe up is down...

    Posted by: kpo5 | Apr 20, 2012 12:37:55 PM


  12. These laws are clearly, CLEARLY unconstitutional. They'll go down in a second once they get appealed.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Apr 20, 2012 12:44:43 PM


  13. These laws are clearly, CLEARLY unconstitutional. They'll go down in a second once they get appealed.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Apr 20, 2012 12:44:44 PM


  14. Extremists!

    Posted by: Tom Stoppard | Apr 20, 2012 1:58:38 PM


  15. Kpos: "Anti-bullying bill proposed. Conservative response: Kids will be kids. You can't just silence them. That's a violation of their First Amendment. If a kid has a religious reason to say something anti-LGBT, he/she should have that right."

    An unintended consequence of this bill could be that it would be a violation of mentioning [homosexual] orientation, even for the purpose of condemning it.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Apr 20, 2012 2:15:04 PM


  16. Here are the email addresses of the bill's sponsors:

    Steve.Cookson@house.mo.gov
    Dwight.Scharnhorst@house.mo.gov
    Andrew.Koenig@house.mo.gov
    Tim.Jones@house.mo.gov
    Kurt.Bahr@house.mo.gov
    Steven.Tilley@house.mo.gov
    Lindell.Shumake@house.mo.gov
    Lyle.Rowland@house.mo.gov
    Charlie.Denison@house.mo.gov
    Don.Wells@house.mo.gov
    Dave.Schatz@house.mo.gov
    Eric.Burlison@house.mo.gov
    Doug.Funderburk@house.mo.gov
    John.Diehl@house.mo.gov
    Jeff.Grisamore@house.mo.gov
    Mark.Parkinson@house.mo.gov
    Paul.Fitzwater@house.mo.gov
    Bill.Lant@house.mo.gov
    Mike.McGhee@house.mo.gov
    Jay.Houghton@house.mo.gov

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Apr 20, 2012 2:29:34 PM


  17. Wait, so according to the bill the discussion of and reading of materials containing married heterosexual couples would also be illegal?

    Posted by: Me | Apr 20, 2012 3:20:27 PM


  18. Jeffrey in St. Louis - beat me to it. I would suggest emailing the upstanding Steve Cookson. Maybe ask him what he would do when his own son Tyler comes out to him. Although, with a father like Steve - coming out might come at a risk. I'm sure his mega-church would welcome him...

    Steve.Cookson@house.mo.gov

    and his bio:

    http://house.mo.gov/bio.aspx?year=2012&district=153

    Posted by: Cliff | Apr 20, 2012 3:58:15 PM


  19. Social conservatives equate gays with Voldemort. News at 11.

    Posted by: labman57 | Apr 20, 2012 8:02:14 PM


  20. This is just like here in TN where our Governor Bill Haslam has pushed his agenda of discrimination throughout his brief tenure in office from shooting down Nashville's anti-discrimination laws to creating the bill banning the use of the word "gay" in public schools. He's railroading civil liberties to the extent of making it illegal to upload a "potentially offensive image" to the internet this year. I addressed our Governor's antics with a visual commentary of him and his wife on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/07/potentially-offensive-portrait-governor.html Drop by and let me know how you feel about our rights being infringed upon.

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Apr 21, 2012 2:45:21 PM


  21. what's most telling, as usual, is that the Right Wing supports this nonsense, which is a complete contradiction of all their supposed talking points about liberty and all that jazz.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 21, 2012 2:51:35 PM


  22. Unfortunately he is the representative for my district. I voted against him in his election and will vote against him every opportunity possible. He was a school principal not too long ago who allowed his coach to use *illegal* players on the girls' basketball team. When this was discovered, the team had to forfeit their championship and were out of competition for a couple of years. He does not represent the best interests of our district and this bill really pisses me off. Please don't judge all rural Missourians by him.

    Posted by: RipCo | Apr 25, 2012 5:10:47 PM


  23. Are you serious? Cookson is as gay as cocoon waiting to become a butterfly. While this may seem like stereotyping.....look at him. He's gay. GAY, GAY, GAY. And no amount of anti-gay legislation will hide your truth, Steve.

    Posted by: Tony Braxton | Apr 27, 2012 10:37:45 AM


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