Law that makes teachers say that being LGBT is bad may finally be repealed

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Alabama is one of seven states with so-called ‘no promo homo’ laws, which actively restrict schools teaching about LGBT people and homosexuality as unacceptable and offensive behavior. The Alabama state code, approved in 1992, dictates that schools providing sex education should teach that homosexuality is a crimeб though it was decriminalized in the state 15 years ago. It says: “Course materials and instruction that relate to sexual education or sexually transmitted diseases should include … an emphasis, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.” Lawmakers in the state are this month trying to rewrite the law to exclude homosexuality from it.Republican lawmaker Sen. Tom Whatley is behind the bipartisan push to tweak the law, which would maintain provisions that require that sex ed lessons be “abstinence-only”. The bill passed the Senate Education Policy Committee today, and now moves to the full Senate – which is heavily dominated by the Republican Party.

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