The Legislature took out language in Senate Bill 196 that prevented teachers from talking about homosexuality.
The law had the nickname of “No Promo Homo.” State lawmakers changed it after some people argued it discriminated against students in the LGBTQ community. The original law banned discussion of same-sex tendencies. School districts said this put students in a “hostile” educational environment. The Senate repealed the language in order for students to all feel welcome and safe when discussing this topic. The LGBTQ community said they believe this will send a positive message to all students in Utah that everyone is respected. Local father, Alan Neeves, shared his thoughts about the issue.
“I do have some hesitancy. I think those kinds of discussions would be better left to parents but like the sex education argument years ago, it’s in schools for a reason.”
Neeves said he wants his kids and other students to learn from teachers about the subject rather than their fellow classmates. The Utah Legislature had an important decision to make regarding this concern.
“The Bill has been read three times. The question is, shall the bill pass?”
The Senate passed the bill. They say they will not allow discussion of the political or religious nature concerning this topic in the classroom. However, educators can still teach abstinence before marriage despite a person’s sexual orientation.
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