Eight States that Refuse to Teach About Homosexuality.
True learning occurs when controversial topics are dealt with in an open manner; both sides should be given and students can make up their own minds. For early grades, deep research into a controversial subject such as homosexuality need only state that people are born to love the opposite or the same sex. This is a reality and even young kids know that Auntie Lillie loves Auntie Marg or Uncle Bill loves Uncle Mike.
Same-Sex Marriage Legal in all 50 States
If marriage is legal for straights and gays – why cannot marriage for both be a discussion for schools. Let’s be fair – straight teachers are asked all the time about who they have married and if they have kids. Straight teachers (except in these 8 homophobic states can have photos of their husbands or wives on their desk).
The’ NO PROMO HOMO’ STATE LAWS
These state laws prohibit the discussion of LGBTI issues in public schools.
When looking at the list below – it is interesting that the majority of them also carried out segregation laws in the past. Here they are the homophobic states:
Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah all have some type of legislation restricting discussion of homosexuality in the classroom. Most of them have right-wing Republican voters and evangelical right-wing brands of “un-Christianity.”
Texas is a state where Governors boast that they have never repealed a death sentence.
The current law in Texas goes even further than just restricting discussion of homosexuality, requiring that children be taught that being gay is ‘not an acceptable lifestyle and is a criminal offense’ despite Texas’ sodomy laws being struck down in 2003.
As a result of these laws, teachers in these states who address LGBTI issues in the classroom can still risk being fired.
The Continuing LGBTI Battle
Writing in a column for Jurist.org, third-year law student at New York’s St John’s University School of Law Ryan Matthews said that it was important that the LGBTI community in America did not think the battle had ended with marriage equality.
‘The US Supreme Court recently decided in favor of same-sex marriage in the long awaited case of Obergefell v. Hodges,’ Matthews wrote,
‘I worry this decision will be seen as the end of the gay rights movement. Mission accomplished, time to go home. The gay rights movement has been so focused on marriage rights that other discriminatory laws have been overlooked or ignored. My hope is that instead the decision will be a stepping stone towards eradicating these laws across the nation.’
Matthews called No Promo Homo laws ‘the most discriminatory laws you have never heard of‘ – and-
‘Hidden in education laws, they restrict the promotion of homosexuality in public school classrooms by prohibiting the teaching of homosexuality or requiring its condemnation,’
Matthews also wrote: ‘These laws are not outdated; indeed they have only been around since the 1980s. To combat the teachings of acceptance by the 1960’s gay rights movement, these states responded by teaching hate. As the gay rights movement continues to make strides across the nation and same-sex marriage becomes inevitable, states look to No Promo Homo laws as their last avenue for spreading anti-gay beliefs.’
Matthews believes that if challenges to these kinds of laws were to make their to the US Supreme Court it would likely find them unconstitutional.
Matthews believes such laws could be found to breach the First Amendment right to free speech of teachers and students and also the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause and hopes that ending No Promo Homo laws will be the next priority for the LGBTI rights movement in the United States.
‘These constitutional arguments against No Promo Homo laws deserve their chance in court,’ Matthews wrote.
‘No Promo Homo laws should be the next item on the gay rights agenda to ensure … equal dignity is given to our students and teachers as well.’