North Carolina Senate Passes Anti-LGBT Bill In The Name Of ‘Parents Rights’
The Republican-controlled Senate in North Carolina passed a law sanctioning public school teachers from calling students by new names or pronouns without first telling the student’s parents.
The proposal passed the Senate 29-18. It is heading for the South Carolina House, where Republicans remain one short of a supermajority. One Democrat would have to be swayed to the right to pass the bill.
Senators overlooked mental health professionals’ warnings claiming the law would be an undue burden on trans-identifying students.
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Proponents of the bill have said that it is necessary to keep school curriculums in the hands of parents. Bill sponsor Sen. Amy Galey, a Republican from Alamance County, defended the bill on the Senate floor, saying the bill would not hurt LGBT students.
“Parents are the primary decision-makers with respect to their minor children, not their school or even the children themselves,” Galey said. “Parental rights are most important in matters of medical and health-related decisions.”
Democrats likened the proposal to Florida’s bill that was popularized as “Don’t Say Gay.” Senate Democrats offered another that they say protects both parents and students.
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