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What comes after same-sex marriage? Part 9

Part 9. What comes after same-sex marriage? You only have to look to the countries that have already redefined the institution to get an idea.

In 2016 LGBT rights groups filed a lawsuit against the Utah State Board of Education and several school districts over a law, nicknamed “No Promo Homo.” According to the lawsuit, these “anti-gay” laws were “enacted in order to express moral disapproval of ‘homosexuality,'” and prevent teachers from advocating homosexuality to children in public school classrooms. Further, the lawsuit suggests the “No Promo Homo” laws target LGBT students by requiring schools to adopt materials “’emphasizing abstinence before marriage and fidelity after marriage,’ while ‘prohibiting instruction in… the advocacy of sexual activity outside of marriage.'”

Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah said, “These laws send a message that [homosexuality is] shameful and must be hidden and censored… The time has come to end the stigma…”

“It is long past time for these dangerous laws to be struck from the books,” Kate Kendell, the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights argued. “The U.S. Supreme Court has held that sexual orientation is ‘a normal expression of human sexuality’ and that LGBT people must be treated equally under the law.”

One of the plaintiffs was a seven year old boy who claimed he was harassed in kindergarten for sometimes choosing to wear girls clothing.

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