Education

Ohio Sex-Ed Bill Threatens Fines for Condoning Sexual Activity

No touching!

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The Ohio House of Representatives is slated to vote Thursday on a bill that will ban people or organizations that "condone" touching aimed at sexual arousal from teaching sexual education courses in Ohio schools.

Although the measure aims to ban the promotion "implicitly or explicitly" of any so-called "gateway sexual activity" in Ohio schools' sexual education courses — technically, called "venereal disease education" — it also bans any person or organization that "promotes, endorses, advocates, or condones gateway sexual activity" from teaching such courses.

What's more, if a student does receive instruction from a person or organization that "promotes" gateway sexual activity, the person or group could face a lawsuit from the student's parent and the court could impose up to a $5,000 fine.