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ALABAMA: New Bill Would Extend Alabama’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law to 8th Grade

ALABAMA: New Bill Would Extend Alabama’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law to 8th Grade

Last year several anti-LGBT bills passed and were signed into law in Alabama. One, HB334, included an amendment that prevented the teaching or discussion of gender or sexual orientations in kindergarten through fifth grade. Now the GOP controlled Alabama Housel filed on April 20 would extend and prohibit the discussion of gender identity or sexual orientation in public K-12 schools and require schools to notify parents if their child identifies as LGBT up until the 8th Grade.

HB354, sponsored by Republican Mark Butler, will extend that prohibition to the eighth grade, while adding more provisions for parents to be notified of their children’s sexual orientation in school and require local boards of education to adopt policies to notify parents if there is a change in their child’s physical, mental, or emotional status. Also, the parent would have to be notified of any medical services or well-being questionnaires beforehand and could opt their child out of those services.

The new bill was not scheduled to be discussed in a committee during this legislative session and also

Marco Rubio: Being Gay Is NOT A Choice. But Gays Still Shouldn’t Get Married – VIDEO



On CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stated that while he does not support same-sex marriage, he also doesn’t believe sexual orientation is a “choice.”

Said Rubio:

“I don’t believe same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. I also don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast enormous majority of people. The bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something that people are born with.”

Watch Rubio’s answer on this and a question on climate change below.


The California Law To Prevent “Curing” Gays Up For Approval

In some restore our faith in humanity news, California has went one step further in approving a law that prevents adversive “treatment” used to “cure” homosexuality. The law would also ensure that parents of gay children could not seek out therapy by a counselor or other means to “re-program” them.

The Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) statute would be the first bill of it’s kind in the United States if approved by Governor Jerry Brown in the very near future. While House Legislatures are still working on the language, here is what the bill looks like so far:

The bill would provide that any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a patient under 18 years of age by a mental health provider shall be considered unprofessional conduct and shall subject the provider to discipline by the provider’s licensing entity. Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming. The major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years.

Also included in the bill is what their research found that ill-reasoned treatments like “curing” homosexuality by using “reparative therapy” has on the patient:

(b) The task force concluded that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, including confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicidality, substance abuse, stress, disappointment, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and authenticity to others, increased self-hatred, hostility and blame toward parents, feelings of anger and betrayal, loss of friends and potential romantic partners, problems in sexual and emotional intimacy, sexual dysfunction, high-risk sexual behaviors, a feeling of being dehumanized and untrue to self, a loss of faith, and a sense of having wasted time and resources.

The proposed bill also notes that no mental health professionals can deem homosexuality ammoral and treat anyone with the notion of changing their sexuality with this type of “reparative therapy.” “Reparative Therapy”, derived from conversion therapy, has been around for several decades and for the most part that homosexuality is learned in early childhood, therefore can be unlearned.

The SOCE supporters see this preventative law as another battle in the civil rights movement and I could not agree with them more. Conversely, those opposing the bill feel it will be and “infringement on  parental rights”.

But what about the child”s right to be allowed to be who they are?  This law would protect their right to not be a part of some experiment that comes with a lot of mental health issues.