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)


  1. JZN says

    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.

  2. Aaron says

    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!

  3. TJ says

    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?

  4. VDUFFORD says

    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”.

  5. kpo5 says

    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…

  6. Jeffrey in St. Louis says

    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.

  7. Jeffrey in St. Louis says

  8. says

    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.

  9. RipCo says

    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.

  10. Tony Braxton says

    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.

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