Alabama has just signed a bill that reforms the standards of sex education in the state. The anti-gay language has been removed from the curriculum. This language required teachers to criticize homosexuality.
The bill will make some changes to materials on sex education in Alabama. It also seeks to remove the requirement that involves teachers telling their students that homosexuality isn’t acceptable and that is a criminal offense under the state’s law.
Laura Hall, the State Rep sponsored this bill. The new law still acknowledges that teachers emphasize the benefit of abstinence and how it helps to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.
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Instead of maintaining that students that get involved in sexual activity lack ethical conduct and self-control, this new law will discourage risky sexual behavior. This law will become effective starting from July 1.
This new law also includes the requirement that parents must know about the intention of a school to give instruction about human sexual activity and reproduction. It will also allow parents to ask for copies of the teaching materials used in the school.
Hall maintained that she understated the removal of the criticism of homosexuality from the bill and focuses more on arguments that favor the bill on allowing the sex curriculum scientifically accurate with the fear that the bill might be derailed if it talked more about LGBTQ.