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)

Posted April 20, 2012 at 10:05am ETC by Andy Towle
in education, Missouri, News