Bill involving school counselors and sex education clears another hurdle

A controversial sex education bill cleared another hurdle this week.

Senate Bill 615 requires sex education materials used in school counselor led meetings or classes to be inspected by the student’s parents or legal guardian. This includes topics like sexual orientation and gender identity.

“All this is about is trying to protect the family and tradition,” said the bill’s author, State Representative Danny Williams, R-Seminole. “This is a way to say ‘don’t talk about this stuff with these kids until their parents say you can and if they say you cannot, you cannot.’”

The measure passed out of the State Powers Committee on Wednesday by a 4-1 vote.

“I feel ultimately the responsibility for the upbringing of children belongs to their parents,” said Rep. Williams.

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