Illinois law enumerating special protections for homosexuals in school passes. Governor expected to sign.

Well, it’s happened again. Another state legislature has marched lock-step to the tune of the homosexual activist agenda—and once again, it will have a direct impact on local schools.

This time, the Illinois Legislature has passed a so-called school anti-bullying bill that spells out special protections for things like “sexual orientation,” “gender-related identity or expression,” etc. It passed through the state House unanimously. The measure is now sitting on the Governor’s desk and he is expected to sign it (SB 3266).

Groups like GLSEN, PFLAG and the ACLU have been industriously winding out press releases celebrating the victory.  “If signed, Illinois will become the ninth state to enact an enumerated anti-bullying” law, proclaimed GLSEN.

Why are the advocacy groups so excited? As we have previously explained, the problem with these laws—enumerating special protections for homosexual categories–is that activist groups are using them as the leverage they need to get things like homosexuality teaching into public school classrooms.  For detailed examples, click here.

Focus on the Family believes that every student—no matter who they are or what they believe—should be protected from harm. But at the same time, laws should not be passed that can used as tools to sexualize and politicize the entire school environment. There are good alternatives that provide protection to kids, but avoid entrapment in identity politics—such as the fair and objective model anti-bullying policy language drafted by the Alliance Defense Fund.

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