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Missouri’s own “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Advances in House Legislature

A Missouri bill which would ban discussion of sexual orientation in schools has been referred to the House legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

House Bill 2051 is sponsored Representative Stanley Cookson (R-153) and has received support from many members of the House Majority leadership, including the current Speaker and Speaker-elect. Full text of the bill follows:

170.370. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school.

Sound familiar? We’ve talked a lot about Tennessee’s advancing “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, which would ban teachers from discussing homosexuality in grades K-8.

This Missouri bill would take Tennessee’s trampling of First Amendment rights to a new low, by banning discussion of LGBT issues in any public school. The bill would also shut down school-sanctioned Gay-Straight Alliances.

Learn more about the work being done to fight anti-LGBT legislation in Missouri here.

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