By John Mack Freeman
A new bill in California will force the inclusion of same sex relationships in 7 through 12th grade sex education classes throughout the state. Approved on a 47-24 vote in the state Assembly this week, the bill will go to the Democrat-dominated Senate. Via Out.com
Democratic assemblywoman Shirley Weber wrote the bill to combine voluntary sex education courses with mandatory HIV prevention education for grades 7 through 12. Weber wants to expand the curriculum so not to exclude LGBT students, describing the current courses as outdated.
Republican assemblyman Devon Mathis argued that lawmakers should not be allowed to decide what other people’s kids learn about sex. Although the bill would give parents the option to excuse their children from class, it would block districts from having opt-in policies requiring their explicit approval.