Update: Utah Governor Vetos “Don’t Say Gay” Sex Ed Bill

Utah Governor Gary Herbert  used his red stamp on Friday night to veto a bill that would have banned teachers from discussing homosexuality and also have required sex ed teachers to teach “abstinence only.”

According to Reuters,”In vetoing the measure, dubbed HB 363, Herbert said that as a parent and grandparent he considered proper sex education in public schools an important component to the moral education youngsters receive at home.”

KEUR reports,”The bill had drawn strong public response and thousands of letters to the governor’s office. Allyson Isom, the governor’s spokesperson, says more than 90-percent of those letters and e-mails asked the governor to veto the bill.”

After its passage last month by Utah lawmakers, LGBT community leaders called the bill discriminatory and unfair because it would leave many LGBT youth in the dark when it comes to learning about their own sexualities. It also meant that straight students would no longer be taught any sort of scientific understanding when it comes to sexual and gender minorities.

“Governor Herbert may be taking a substantial political risk with the veto as he campaigns for re-election, Conservative activists within the Republican Party have urged him to sign the bill. ” reports the radio station.

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