Missouri Promotes ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Legislation
Matt | On 20, Apr 2012
The state of Missouri is getting close to banning discussion of gays and lesbians in its public schools. This includes conversations about bullying based on sexual orientation and any clubs/groups that provide support to LGBT students.
H.B. 2051 was referred to committee in the Missouri House. This happened only days after Tennessee’s version of the same bill came out of committee and his headed for a floor vote in their House.
Here’s what Missouri’s bill specifies, per a post on Think Progress:
170.370. 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. [SOURCE]
I understand that Missouri is a pretty conservative state. But, I’m confused as to how this legislation is going to magically make the issue of gays and lesbians in society go away. Talking about an issue does not inherently show your support.
Passing this legislation is similar to not talking about murderers, poor people, drugs, divorce, bi-racial families, etc. in school. It only makes the society even more close-minded when the children grow up and face gays and lesbians in real life.
Whether or not anyone agrees with the lifestyle, the fact that elected officials spend their time in the Missouri Statehouse debating something so menial is beyond me. I’m sure crime, unemployment, safety, and real educational opportunities for Missouri’s children all need to be addressed.
This is both a social and political waste of time.
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Do you think the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation was necessary in Missouri?