Panel moves to strike anti-gay phrase in Alabama sex ed law

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step to strike anti-gay language from the state’s sex education law that says students should be taught that homosexuality is both socially unacceptable and illegal.

Although sex education is optional in Alabama’s public schools, a 1992 law sets requirements for programs. The 1992 law says programs should encourage abstinence and put “an emphasis, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of this state.”

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Alabama bill protects adoption agencies that turn away LGBTQ couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)- Alabama might protect faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with LGBTQ parents, or in other households, because of their religious beliefs.

The Alabama Senate approved legislation April 18 that prohibits the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements on religious grounds. Proponents said the bill is needed so the faith-based agencies can make placements without violating their faith. Critics derided it as blatant discrimination.

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