Act Now: GOP Senate Hopeful Mocks LGBT Bullying
April 20, 2012 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
New Mexico U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson made some pretty offensive remarks recently about the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) – legislation intended to make sure kids are safer in schools.
In video footage captured by the group American Bridge, Wilson blasts SNDA because it “criminalizes” teasing, saying: “…but that particular act is so broad that it would actually punish children, or say it’s prohibited to express an opinion with respect to homosexuality in schools.”
Take action now and tell Heather Wilson to clarify her dangerous remarks.
Check out the video:
Wilson currently represents New Mexico’s first Congressional district. She has a staunchly anti-LGBT track record – she’s voted against workplace protections for LGBT employees and supports a discriminatory federal marriage amendment that would ban committed, loving same-sex couples from marrying. She performs poorly on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard regularly, most recently receiving a 5 – out of a possible 100.
In reality, SNDA would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination and harassment of students who are LGBT, or are perceived to be LGBT, can lead high rates of absenteeism, dropout, adverse health consequences and academic under achievement. When left unchecked, such discrimination can lead, and has led to, dangerous situations for young people. SNDA is a critical step forward in addressing the discrimination that LGBT students face every day in their schools and classrooms.
Sen. Al Franken recently recorded a video in support of SNDA. Check it out and see where your lawmaker stands on this important legislation.
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