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Pro-‘gay’ provision submerged in massive education bill

Bob Kellogg   (OneNewsNow.com) Monday, June 10, 2013

A Democratic-led proposal to revamp George W. Bush's signature education law includes language to protect homosexual students - language that is sure to spark controversy.

The massive 1,150-page Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) was introduced last week by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and co-sponsored by ten other senators. Buried within the measure - beginning on page 694, to be exact - is a provision that states federal funding would be cut off for schools that are not providing sufficient protections for "gay" and lesbian students to prevent bullying or harassment.

Harvey, Linda (Mission: America)Linda Harvey, president of Mission America, tells OneNewsNow there are two different issues involved.

"One is the open expression of homosexuality; and the second is kindness and civility," she explains. "Our children all deserve kindness and civility, and that can happen even if they are learning homosexuality is wrong. And they're trying to combine the two and say that they are the same thing."

Harvey wants to see more control given to parents at the local level and less federal involvement. "The federal government getting involved in education in the first place is a very unwise and uncomfortable idea for most families in America," she argues. "There's no reason that we shouldn't keep education at the local level."

A sharply divided Congress has prevented No Child Left Behind from being renewed since it expired in 2007, and many conservative analysts are doubtful it will be renewed any time soon.

According to The Associated Press, the pro-homosexual provision was not highlighted in the news release announcing the bill.


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