Stop House Bill 2051 from passing in Missouri
On the 19th of April 2012, Missouri Representative Steve Cookson of District 153 sponsored a bill called HB 2051. This bill “Prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation in public school instruction, material, or extracurricular activity except in scientific instruction on human reproduction”, from http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB2051&year=2012&code=R. The bill reads “170.370. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school." This bill must not be passed. This bill would ban Gay-Straight Alliances and even stop all discussions about LGBTQIA issues. Not only is this bill unconstitutional, as it infringes upon our First Amendment but it is harmful and even detrimental to the LGBTQIA Missouri youth. By limiting their means of getting support and expressing themselves, the supporters of this bill have shown that they do not care about the feelings and lives of the LGBTQIA Missouri youth. We shall not stand for this. We will prove that we will not tolerate even the idea of this bill passing and endangering the lives of many Missouri youth. By signing this Petition you will make evident to the supporters of this bill that this bill is not supported by a large portion of the population and will not help them score points this election year by harming LGBTQIA Missouri youth.
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