This was going to be a serious grown-up blog, but instead it's just a bunch of reblogged tv gifs. SORRY.
HB363, which would have forced schools that teach sex-ed to make classes entirely about abstinence, was approved by the state Senate on March 6th.
In addition to making sex-ed effectively toothless, the bill would have banned teachers and students from discussing contraception and homosexuality in the classroom.
Prior to the veto, Gov. Herbert told reporters he thought the existing curriculum “works pretty well.” Utah currently requires parents to opt in to sex-ed classes in writing. A survey by the Salt Lake Tribune found that “the vast majority of parents opt in to the instruction.”
“After careful review of existing law and following extensive discussions with stakeholders on both sides of the issue,” Herbert said today. “I am convinced the existing statutory framework respects these two principles, while HB363 simply goes too far by constricting parental options.”
An online petition opposing the bill received over 40,000 signatures; and the governor’s office was flooded with thousands of letters from concerned citizens asking Herbert to veto the bill.
The legislation’s co-sponsor, Sen. Margaret Dayton (R), expressed her disappointment at the governor’s decision, saying she found teaching students about contraception akin to telling them to avoid drugs while showing them how to “mainline” heroin.
MARCH 2, 1904: DR. SEUSS BORN
On this day in 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born. He would have been 108 today.
Most people know Dr. Seuss as the man behind The Cat in the Hat. But how many know that Yertle the Turtle was modeled after Hitler - or that Dr. Seuss created WWII political cartoons that denounced racism, isolationism and other issues of the day?
From 1941 to 1943, Seuss served as chief editorial cartoonist for the New York liberal newspaper PM, and his work commented on issues of the day. His political cartoons during World War II denounced isolationism, racism and anti-Semitism.
Images: Dr. Seuss/ Random House
I feel that so much of the kind of murderous rhetoric of American politics and what we decry as the ‘decline of civility’ or ‘hyperpartisanship’ are really troubling as a citizen to watch. And I do think that even when we’re not talking about abortion, we are talking about abortion.
“No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we are joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, and our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong.”
—President Obama in tonight’s State of the Union address. What did you think of the speech?
Not really. But you know people are going to say that.
“Today, I’m announcing my support for a law that gives same-sex couples in our state the right to receive a marriage license in Washington - the same right given our heterosexual couples. It is time, it is the right thing to do, and I will introduce the bill to make it happen.” - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire.
Gregorie says she will propose legislation to legalize same-sex marriage when the legislative session begins Monday.
I am upset about everything right now. WHY ARE POLITICS SO SHITTY. Also that article is written with terribly subjective language. I prefer this one: huffingtonpost.com/2011…
Yes, that’s a better article. I’m not fond of Salon, but a quick search for more objective articles didn’t turn up any results, so I just went with it.
RHIANNON I DON’T KNOW WHO TO VOTE FOR NEXT YEAR. I hate that the Republican party is obsessed with pandering to extreme social conservatives who want to limit and downgrade the rights of so many minorities. And then Obama infuriates me when he pays lip service to progressive ideals while adhering to the most controversial precedents set down by the W. Bush administration. RAAAAAAAAAAAGE.