Lousiana tried to Pass their own "Don't Say Gay" Bill
I guess they just aren't as lucky as Florida...
The HB837 bill, authored by Representative Dodie Horton, was debated for hours earlier this week. A familiar sounding bill, if passed would prohibit classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels.
With a resemblance to the controversial Flordia bill, this bill would be Louisiana’s form of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and it would bring about the law in Louisiana to “prohibit teachers and others from discussing their sexual orientation or gender identity with students.”
Somehow Rep. Horton used an example to support the bill, stating that if a Muslim student were to ask their teacher a question about Islam versus Christianity during a Math class, the teacher would stay on topic. She also went on to say that teachers should do the same when on the topic of sexual orientation when it is brought up in the classroom - the teacher should steer the classroom discussion back to the approved curriculum which is understandable.
Jennifer Kerrigan of “Louisiana Schools” emphasized “the bill has nothing to do with how we love other people. Please keep our schools focused on the fundamentals. Keep our parenting decisions at home. Do not let this bill be about anything hateful… because it’s not. Remind yourself of that.”
A local religious leader also pushed the bill stating that the state doesn’t “allow me to come in and teach my views.” As the bill continued to be questioned, the debate ended with one party saying the matter should be left in the hands of the School Board and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
After the bill was shot down in a 4 to 8 vote, Representative Phelps mentioned she was offended that the committee decided to get rid of Rep. Horton’s bill to make their own bill. Rep. Jefferson mentioned that he would like to add an amendment to the bill.
Rep. Horton was offered the opportunity to defer the bill and to work on it more.