Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd, the state’s first openly gay legislator, is trying to clean up old, archaic, anti-gay laws. Todd is taking aim at the sex-ed curriculum, which is about as archaic as it gets. She has introduced legislation to make the curriculum comply to federal law.
Alabama law currently dictates minimum requirements for sex education. Generally, the requirements demand an emphasis on abstinence, except for one particular mention.
(8) 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.
If Alabama wants homosexuality taught factually, then it need to include the Supreme Court in that. In Lawrence v. Texas during 2003, the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional laws that made homosexual behavior illegal.
The fact is that current Alabama law has its facts wrong on homosexuality.
It’s good to see Todd is trying to change the law so teachers don’t have to rant against gay and lesbian lifestyles during sex-ed classes. Unfortunately, Todd tried this same bill last year. It died in committee.
That’s an indication at poorly Alabama is run. It can’t even pass laws to rid itself of laws that are no longer enforceable. Hopefully, this year turns out better.