The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it’s still illeThe Colorado House has passed a controversial bill requiring schools that offer sex education classes to either teach gay and lesbian issues and not focus on abstinence-only programs — or to provide no instruction on sexuality at all.
The legislation, which is backed by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, would not require schools to teach sex education — but those that do could no longer offer “abstinence-only” curriculum. Instead, classes must focus on a wide range of topics, including consent, birth control and pregnancy, prevention of sexually transmitted disease, “healthy relationships” and sexual orientation.
Additionally, a school’s sex-ed curriculum may not include “religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines,” nor could it use “shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools … or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals.”
Dr. James Dobson, head of the James Dobson Family Institute, released a statement condemning the legislation as “dangerous.” He criticized legislators for proceeding with the measure despite the “massive outcry” from parents.
“House Bill 1032 would mandate and expand the teaching of ‘different relationship models,’ such as LGBT relationships, to some of our youngest children all while prohibiting abstinence-only teaching,” Dobson said.
“If you believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, HB 1032 says too bad, your ideas are antiquated. If you believe that sex is meant to be between a husband and wife, this bill says you should just give up those old notions because young people are going to do as they please anyway. If you believe it’s a parent’s sole right and responsibility to teach their child about what healthy sexuality looks like, this bill robs you of that right and hands it over to the government. If you simply believe there should be more options for parents who can’t afford private school, where their children can learn traditional family values about relationships and sexuality, this bill says your ideas no longer matter in America.”
The bill is a “clear offense to our deeply held Christian convictions, and runs contrary to the value systems of millions of Colorado families,” added Dobson.
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