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Georgia Revisits Anti-Gay School Bill

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: September 13, 2005 9:00 pm ET

(Atlanta, Georgia) Legislation requiring parental permission for students to participate in extracurricular activities that was dropped this spring is set to make a return in the Georgia legislature.

Republican lawmakers say they will reintroduce the measure this fall.

"Our bill is ready to go. It'll pass the first day," said Rep. Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth).

Although It did not specifically name LGBT clubs, its intent was clear said LGBT activists in the state. The measure was put forward after gay students attempted to form gay-positive associations in several school districts.

Gay advocates said at the time the proposal made Georgia the first states in the nation to consider such a sweeping rule on school clubs and worried that the idea could spread.

The bill was shelved when the spring legislative session ended, to give the state Board of Education time to take up the matter on its own.

The plan was first put forward in March (story) by Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox after being requested by lawmakers who have tried for several years to squelch gay student support groups in Georgia high schools. But, a month later, it was rejected by the board (story). It was then revived under pressure from some members of legislature (story) and finally dropped by the School Board. (story)

Coleman said that since the Board failed to act the legislature will move to pass the requirement.

Rep. Jane Kidd (D-Athens) said she didn't see any reason to pass the bill during the past legislative session and, barring some new development, wasn't inclined to support it this time around.

©365Gay.com 2005


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