Class Act

Senate Democrats Push For Protections For LGBT Students

Senate Democrats pulled the rug out from under the LGBT community with immigration reform, so perhaps it’s a peace offering to have them introduce a measure to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in schools. The measure, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, has been folded into the broad “Strengthening America’s School Act of 2013.

The Act would allow the federal government to withdraw funding from schools that condone anti-LGBT discrimination among students.Sen. Al Franken sponsored the Act, as he did two years ago. Back then, Franken reluctantly withdrew the Act as an amendment to a larger education bill so that the bill would get bipartisan support in committee. Franken had promsied to reintroduce the measure on the Senate floor but never had a chance to do so.

The Student Non-Discrimination Act was introduced in the House last April by Rep. Jared Polis (D.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lentinen (R.!), where it stands virtually no chance of passage in the face of the GOP majority. Without prospects of passage by both houses, the odds of the measure’s success are about as dim as the collective intelligence of its opponents.