Of course the Some Families Foundation* is in a snit.
This is causing them to make unseemly confessions, such as:
The impetus for this bill was that many schools in Virginia have Gay, Straight Alliance Clubs (GSA).
Oops. We were told on numerous occasions that the patron, Matt Lohr, had confirmed the bill had nothing to do with Gay/Straight Alliances. Maybe he was for prohibiting GSAs before he was against it. Or something.
Update from the Washington Post: In the committee hearing, Matt Lohr still insisted that he didn’t intend to target GSAs – but “(w)hen pressed, Lohr told the committee he could not think of any other kind of school group that might run afoul of his proposal.”
The Some FF also says that the bill would have “informed local school boards of their authority to bar student groups that advocate sexual behavior” (school boards, if they are competent, are already informed of the authority they have) and would have “allowed the Office of the Attorney General to step in as legal defense if a school board was sued as a result” (the AG doesn’t need special legislation to authorize him to perform his job, and the reason that school boards would be sued for prohibiting Gay/Straight Alliances is that it is unconstitutional).
If the concern is, as these folks claim, that some student groups “may promote sexual activity,” then they might want to turn their attention to the culture of entitlement that has developed in some athletic programs. A football coach for the University of Colorado recently used the promise of sexual access to naive young women to lure prospects to recruitment parties. A recruit reported that sex was part of “what you get when you come to Colorado.” This sort of thing doesn’t happen in a vacuum.
We know of no Gay/Straight Alliances that encourage irresponsible or disrespectful behavior; in fact, the purpose of these clubs is to encourage exactly the opposite. Since some parents have failed to teach their children basic respect for others, these clubs are a necessary resource for young people who are bullied and abused because of who they are.
Anyone who tries to deny them this support and stop them from defending themselves is just..mean.
Send a free email at Equality Virginia’s action center to thank the Senators who voted against this misguided and mean-spirited bill.
*This group refers to themselves as the “Virginia Family Foundation,” as if their families are the only ones that matter.