AL Legislator Tries to Change Sex Ed Curriculum


The first openly gay legislator in Alabama history is trying to change that state’s appalling sex education curriculum, which actually requires teaching that being gay is unacceptable and even criminal (which is a lie and has been for the last ten years). The law says:

(8) An emphasis, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.

The Supreme Court voided such laws in 2003 in Lawrence v Texas. State Rep. Patricia Todd has submitted a bill to amend the curriculum and to take control of it away from the state legislature and give it instead to the federal Department of Education. She apparently submitted a similar bill last year but it never even made it out of committee. I doubt it will be passed this year either, given how bigoted Alabama tends to be. As Addicting Info notes, a referendum banning not only gay marriage but any recognition of gay relationships passed in 2006 with 81% of the vote.

Comments

  1. cottonnero says

    d.c. wilson: This isn’t precisely incest, but first-cousin marriages are legal in Alabama. And the age of consent to marriage with parents’ permission is 14. So you can marry your fourteen-year-old opposite-sex cousin with your uncle’s permission, but not an unrelated adult member of your own sex.

  2. maudell says

    Wasn’t Lawrence v Texas about sodomy? Of course, the anti-sodomy laws were excuses to criminalize gay men, but gay men don’t necessarily have anal intercourse.

    Ok, now I sound anal myself…

  3. zekehoskin says

    Interesting. It appears that in Alabama you can marry a double first cousin but not an adopted sibling. So, say you are in love with underaged Ms Hatfield, and all parents disapprove, so you have to wait until you’re both adults. Then her parents allow your parents to adopt her. Bingo – lifetime cure. You’ll have to settle for the daughter of your dad’s brother and your mom’s sister, all of who share not only the same four parents, but also the same four grandparents, and great-grandparents, and . . .

  4. says

    maudell @5:

    The Texas law in question specifically prohibited any sexual contact between same-sex couples. Ironically, Texas had legalized sodomy between heterosexuals back in 1973.

  5. jba55 says

    @1: A while ago when all the votes for gay marriage laws were going on I saw an excellent demotivational. I don’t remember the picture, but the caption was
    “South Carolina. Where you can marry your cousin, but not your gay cousin.”

  6. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    I’d think most of the Alabama sex ed curriculum would be graphic descriptions of zoonoses.

  7. matty1 says

    @5 I’m not familiar with the law in question but I seem to recall a lot of old sources condemned ‘the crime of Sodom’ without actually specifying what it was.
    That’s without even going into the fact that in the original story the Sodomites were condemned for trying to gang rape guests not for what they were doing with each other. You can find plenty of anti-gay stuff in the Bible but that one is questionnable.

  8. Ben P says

    @5 I’m not familiar with the law in question but I seem to recall a lot of old sources condemned ‘the crime of Sodom’ without actually specifying what it was.
    .

    It’s better (or worse) than that.

    Most law students study one or two of these cases at the very beginning of criminal law where the course covers vagueness in law and the limits of criminal law.

    At one point virtually all states criminalized sodomy, but because of pearl-clutching, legislators wouldn’t ever specifically define it. Some, as you say, prohibited sodomy or the crime of sodom.

    Some prohibited merely “unnatural acts.”

    And the best, some states prohibited “the crime which cannot be named.”

    Needless to say, about a hundred years ago some person was arrested and charged under a statute which says it’s illegal to commit “the crime which cannot be named,” his lawyer appealed the conviction on the grounds that the statute was unconstitutionally vague because it did not give reasonable notice of what was prohibited and denied due process. That’s when you started seeing specific definitions in the law.

  9. Nick Gotts (formerly KG) says

    This isn’t precisely incest, but first-cousin marriages are legal in Alabama. – cottonnero

    So they are in much of the world; most of the USA is unusually restrictive in this regard.

  10. says

    d.c. wilson: This is just begging for a joke about incest . . .

    Azkyroth: I’d think most of the Alabama sex ed curriculum would be graphic descriptions of zoonoses.

    Ha, ha, everybody in Alabama marries their cousins and loves to fuck farm animals. See, it’s funny because poor people in rural areas are often stigmatized and stereotyped for supposedly having deviant sex practices. Boy, they sure are pretty bigoted down there, too.

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