Alabama

Ala. Sex Ed Law Still Tells Kids Homosexuality Is a Crime

State refuses to strike down laws that contradict Supreme Court ruling from 2003

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Let's have a round of applause for Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd, the state's only openly gay legislator, who is trying yet again to delete a particularly idiotic provision of Alabama's sex education law. 

Currently, state law requires sex ed classes to teach, inaccurately, that gay sexytime is a "criminal offense." While it's true that "homosexual acts" are a Class A misdemeanor under Alabama's sexual misconduct statutes, that law was invalidated in 2003 by the Supreme Court's Lawrence vs. Texas decision. Alabama is one of 18 states that have refused to revise their anti-sodomy laws to reflect the decision, because empty gestures are big in those parts.