Until now, the state requires that sex education instruction includes lessons that homosexual conduct is a socially unacceptable, criminal offense and emphasizes and that abstinence is the only "completely effective" method to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted illness, Evan Belanger reports.
Rep. Patricia Todd, openly gay and sponsor of the bill, said that if the measure was approved, it would eliminate the Legislature's role in setting sex-education standards in the state, allowing the Alabama Department of Education to establish its own program.
"The Department of Education needs to be making those guidelines, not the Legislature," Todd said.
"We need to make sure there is evidence-based education being done in the schools, and all the evidence shows that abstinence-only is not effective."
Unfortunately, all not being perfect, this measure will not remove the law which describes homosexual acts as a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to one year imprisonment.
However, teachers will not be forced to say that "homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense."