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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has just signed a bill to repeal the state’s requirement that sex education in schools teach that homosexuality is unacceptable, unhealthy, and illegal.
“It was just trying to make the language appropriate and scientifically correct,” said state Rep. Laura Hall (D) about the bill she sponsored in the Alabama House. “That’s why we also changed some definitions or words.”
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Schools in the state don’t have to teach sex education. If they do teach it, however, the original 1992 law states that they have to include certain issues, including “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.”
That language isn’t just discriminatory, it’s also out of date. Homosexuality isn’t illegal in Alabama anymore.
That requirement is now gone , even though the state will still require that sex education focus on abstinence until marriage and tell students that “abstinence from sexual intercourse outside of lawful marriage is the expected social standard for unmarried school-age […]