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Alabama’s First Gay Lawmaker Tries To Repeal Anti-Gay Sex Ed Curriculum

patricia toddAlabama’s first openly gay legislator is hoping to repeal the state’s sex-education law, which requires educators to teach that homosexuality is immoral—and illegal.

State Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) filed a measure that would turn sex ed over to the Alabama Department of Education instead of the legislature, where it rests now.

It would also end a requirement to teach that “homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense.”

Though the Supreme Court invalidated all U.S. sodomy laws with 2003’s Lawrence v. Texas, Alabama is one of 18 states that keeps them on the books—y’know, just in case.

The measure would also steer Alabama’s sex-ed curriculum away from abstinence-only education, which has proven a dismal disaster nationwide. “We need to make sure there is evidence-based education being done in the schools,” says Todd, “and all the evidence shows that abstinence-only is not effective.”

Todd, 57, sponsored the same bill last year, but it never made it out of committee.
 

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4 Comments

  • Dionte

    Religion is the most dangerous and destructive “ideal” man has ever created.

  • Mjl-428

    HELPING HER OUT would be the best measure right about now. chances are obviously slim to none considering it’s Alabama but SOME kind of effort is better than none. who knows. maybe we can get a few people’s noggins to start working on their own for once

  • CaptainFabulous

    I hope those same textbooks also teach that a girl giving her BF a blow job or taking it up the ass so as to not get preggers is also immoral and illegal as both are also sodomy. What’s that? They don’t? Well color me (not) shocked.

  • Chad Hunt

    As a high school social studies teacher I find this so offensive. The federal government really needs to establish some sort of curriculum guideline as to what may not be taught and what must be taught in our countries school systems. I really feel a required social etiquette class should be mandated in schools. One that focuses on the “acceptance”, not “tolerance” of varying ethnicities, religions, genders, social classes, body images, sexualities, & disabilities. I even have a planned course ready to submit if i could ever get the school board behind it.

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