(Utah)Apparently, Santorum is rubbing off around the nation(no pun intended) and even Africa, as the Utah House passed a bill to allow the state’s schools ridding them of sex-education classes. The bill also specifically prohibits school instruction on how to use contraceptive devices. House Bill 363 was passed by a 45 to 28 vote.
Although both sides agreed that sex before marriage is wrong, proponents of the bill claimed that Utah schools should not be teaching students how to “get away with it”, it being sex, while opponents claim that students learning about the consequences of sex actually works as a deterrent. Opponents said students that know they may contract a sexually transmitted infection or create a child are less likely to engage in sexual activity.
(Zimbabwe) Another government leader not representing his people, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, spoke against homosexuality and the U.K Prime Minister’s request that human rights abuses end on the African continent. The U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron, had previously threatened to cut bilateral aid to nations that fail to protect lesbian and gay human rights.
Mugabe turned 88 last week and stated during his televised birthday celebrations:
“Nature is nature…It has created male and female.”
“You David Cameron, are you suggesting that you don’t know that or is it some kind of insanity or part of the culture of Europeans. In their newspapers, that’s one of my sins. That I called [gays] worse than pigs and dogs because pigs know there are males and females. It’s even in the Bible that you create through the system of marrying.”
“That’s how we were born, so we reject that outright and say to hell with you. I won’t even call him a dog because my own dog will complain and say, but what have I done.”
I am always impressed by a government leader who cites the Bible and compares his citizens to animals, impressed with sympathy for his people.
(Massachusetts) Meanwhile, in Boston three women, who identify as lesbian, have been criminally charged with a hate crime. Erika Stroud, her sister Felicia Stroud, and Erika’s partner Lydia Sanford attacked a gay man at the Forest Hills MTBA Subway Station. The man allegedly bumped into the women in a stairwell, and was repeatedly called homophobic slurs and suffered a broken nose amongst other injuries. The women claim that the man used racial slurs inducing them to respond with their own anti-gay commentary.
Massachusetts prosecutors and the American Civil Liberties Union claim that no matter the defendants’ own sexual orientations they can still be found guilty of a hate crime against gays. The ladies, and I use that term loosely, may be convicted of assault and battery with the intent to intimidate through use of hateful language and face up to a 10-year prison sentence.
I do agree that lesbians could be found guilty of a hate-crime against a gay man. Despite the collective efforts of sexual minorities(gays, lesbians, transgender, and bisexual individuals) to gain civil rights, we are still distinct groups If they targeted him specifically because of his sexuality, I don’t see the problem. The problem I do see is that four adults got violent over bumping into each other in a stairwell. Grow up.
(Idado) On a more positive note, activists in Idaho have pledged to continue their fight for LGBT rights after the Senate Affairs committee put an end to a proposed amendment to the Idaho Human Rights Act that would have provided for LGBT protections. One setback doesn’t end the game.
Have a great Monday!!