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LGBTQ, MISSOURI, POLITICS, TENNESSEE, THE ISSUES, THE STATE OF STATES

Missouri ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Advances

via Nick Wing, The Huffington Post

A bill in Missouri meant to eliminate any mention of sexual orientation in the state’s public schools advanced to committee on Thursday after a first reading.

The brief wording of HB 2051 gets right to the point:

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.

The Vital Voice notes that apart from being a direct move to squelch discussion of gay issues and sexuality, the bill would “keep Gay-Straight Alliances from meeting on school grounds as approved extracurricular entities.”

The legislation, sponsored by GOP state Rep. Steve Cookson and co-sponsored by 19 other Republican lawmakers — including the House Majority Leader Tim Jones, who has birther ties — will next be discussed in the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

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