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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.