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Amendment prohibiting sexual orientation discussion in classrooms passes the Alabama legislature

Lawmakers passed the provision on the last day of the legislative session, late on April 7, at 9:30 p.m.
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 8:15 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2022 at 11:38 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Alabama lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through fifth-grade public school classrooms. It’s similar to a Florida bill, dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law by the White House.

Lawmakers passed the provision on the last day of the legislative session, late on April 7, at 9:30 p.m.

Lawmakers tacked on the rule as an amendment during a discussion on the anti-transgender bathroom ban bill. This Amendment was created by Trussville Republican Senator Shay Shelnutt. It reads:

’This bill would also prohibit classroom instruction or discussion on sexual orientation or gender identity for students in kindergarten through the fifth grade in public K-12 schools.’

Dsg Amendment by WAFF 48 Digital Team on Scribd

The amended bill went back to the house and the senate where some democrats argued against it. Many people are voicing their problems with this amendment in Montgomery and online. They say it threatens free speech, makes kids unable to talk about gay family members and makes some kids ashamed of their own sexual orientation.

Ultimately, opponents did not have the votes to stop it. It passed the house by a vote of 70-26 and the senate by a vote of 26-5, sending the bill to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk for her signature.

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