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Alabama Senate Advances Legislation to Expand Controversial “Don’t Say Gay” Education Restrictions

A bill in Alabama is advancing to restrict discussions of “gender identity or sexual orientation” in public schools, expanding restrictions to eighth grade and banning flags symbolizing these identities. State Rep. Mack Butler, the bill’s sponsor, believes it is essential to “purify the schools” by preventing what he sees as indoctrination. Critics argue that the bill, known as “Don’t Say Gay,” could limit conversations about gender and sexual orientation, violate First Amendment rights, and silence LGBTQ students and teachers. A similar law in Florida faced controversy but resulted in a settlement allowing some discussions on LGBTQ topics outside formal curriculum.


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