Children, Adults & Sexual Orientation Bills
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 1, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Without exception, bills promoting alternate lifestyles are introduced every year in Georgia, and the five bills we’re considering today fit that category. Not one of them passed, but all five are alive for action in the 2016 session.
Representative Keisha Waites (D) pre-filed H.B. 40 on January 9th, but waited until March 2nd to introduce it. Initially, it went to the House Education Committee but was moved to the Juvenile Justice Committee, where it remains until 2016. So, that committee will decide next year whether public and private schools should be forced to give sexual orientation, gender and gender identity civil rights status in bullying situations. Actually, H.B. 40 is unnecessary, because Georgia law was rewritten years ago to treat all students equally when bullying is an issue.
On January 29th Representative Simone Bell (D) introduced H.B. 142, requiring schools and nonpublic pre-kindergarten, primary and secondary schools to adopt LGBT-affirming policies. LGBT is short for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transsexual. Schools and programs that refuse to implement such policies would not be eligible to receive student scholarships. H.B. 142 was left in the House Education Committee for consideration in 2016. Continue reading