Gay rights group protests SC dating violence bill

Posted on 21 May 2009 at 6:48pm
By Associated Press

Proponents say amendment was meant to keep school officials from teaching students about same-sex relationships

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gay rights advocates are protesting the exclusion of gay and lesbian relationships from a South Carolina bill meant to curb teen dating violence.

Democratic Reps. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg and Ken Kennedy of Greeleyville are among those criticizing last week’s vote in the House to bar any mention of gays from the proposed program for middle and high school students.

Harriet Hancock of the Columbia charter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays said Tuesday, May 19 the amended bill sends a message to gay students they’re not worthy of being protected. The advocates urged senators to remove the amendment.

Republican Greg Delleney of Chester said he pushed for the change because he believes it would lead to school officials teaching children about same-sex relationships.

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