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.