The Governor of Utah has had a brain, and vetoed the bill I mentioned the other day, after a huge amount of public pressure opposing the legislation.
“What’s been striking about the correspondence that we’ve been receiving is that it’s not template or spam content. It’s individually and uniquely crafted and often very heartfelt, from parents, from educators, from those who care about Utah’s kids and public policy,” [Allyson] Isom [the governor’s spokesperson] said in an interview with KUER.
Already, some of the fanatics on the right are crying BAWWW, but this is an all around good thing, and is an example of the governor doing the job of his office—standing in the way of legislation that would be harmful to his people, and in conflict of their rights.
The bill was mostly one of sex education in the state schools, and would have made Utah the first state to mandate abstinence-only sex ed across the board (using abstinence-only sex ed to prevent pregnancies and the transmission of STIs, is the equivalent of preventing heart attacks by not letting people know anything about diet, smoking or first-aid).
But the bill had a more sinister undercurrent, for it also prohibited schools from discussing homosexuality in a positive manner. This is abhorrent, and such policy has already directly lead to the deaths of students across the US and the world.
It is all around a good thing to see this kind of legislation vetoed, but it makes me worried about what else the Legislature has brewing…
The Utah Legislature have recently passed a bill that prohibits the discussion of homosexuality in schools, and if the governor signs the bill into law, the state will become the first in the US to prohibit teachers from telling students about contraception.
“… we as a society should not be teaching or advocating homosexuality or sex outside marriage or different forms of contraceptives for premarital sex.”
So saith Sen. John Valentine.
This kind of legislation has been used over and over again to deny LGBT rights. We’re seeing it now in Russia—ironic how the US is passing laws more expected from their historic enemies.
LGBT teenagers are facing a wave of bullying and violence in American schools, and states from Utah to Tennessee, as well as school districts, are responding by further grinding the bullied students into the dirt. The Anoka school district, for example, blames pro-equality activists for driving gay students to suicide.
Hillary Clinton warned the world not to be on the wrong side of history, but many parts of her country find themselves precisely there.
We knew it was going to happen, we knew they weren’t going to listen to us, we knew they were going to ignore the mountain of evidence they were presented with, and now the country’s student’s associations are going to crumble.
Once again, I’m a few days behind on this one, due to my busy schedule (shhh… don’t tell anyone I’m on holiday).