In the face of testimony from aggrieved parents who lost gay children to suicide, the Louisiana Family Forum and its knuckle-dragging minions on the House Education Committee successfully gutted an anti-bullying bill that specifically enumerated sexual orientation, among other characteristics, as worthy of protection against bullying in Louisiana public schools, according to the Associated Press. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, pulled the bill in disgust Wednesday rather than agree to it being neutered by the committee.
The bill’s demise comes as little surprise. Similar legislation in last year’s session met the same fate amid strong resistance from the culture-warring LFF and its allies in the Legislature. Two similar bills remain alive on the Senate side of the legislature but will likely meet the same demise as Smith’s legislation.
Shameless plug: For a witty, well-written take on legislation at the Capitol pushed by the LFF that arguably institutionalizes bullying of and discrimination against gay students, click here.
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