Friday, April 27, 2012

MO Rep. Cookson targets teachers with TN-style
'Don't say gay' law, then plays victim card

Missouri Rep. Steve Cookson, who is now refusing to talk to reporters outside his district, has introduced a copy of Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" law in the Missouri legislature.
     It reads: "Not withstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school."
     Randy Turner, a Missouri English teacher, notes that while student students will retain their constitutional right of free speech, it is teachers in the state who will be faced with the loss of their jobs if Cookson gets his way.
HB 2051 is sponsored by Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Fairdealing, and has 19 GOP co-sponsors, including the two most powerful leaders in the House, Speaker Steve Tilley and Majority Leader Tim Jones (yes, the same Tim Jones who is a plaintiff in Orly Taitz' birther lawsuits), who is poised to become Speaker of the House in 2013 since Tilley is term-limited.

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