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01/22/2007

VA lawmakers revive, continue to misrepresent clubbed measure

by Jeremy Hooper

State-Flag-VirginiaA controversial Virginia bill that is clearly meant to target gay-straight alliances no matter how much its backers deny that fact, is now back in legislative play. The school-centric measure today passed the House Education Committee, but only after it was changed so that instead of parents having to provide permission slips for every club in which their child participates, they'd now have to sign only one sheet where they'd choose the clubs with which they don't want their kids involved.

So wait a minute -- with the exception of it saving trees, how is this any different? To us, a closeted gay teen failing to seek permission to join a gay-straight club due to fears of their parents' reaction is pretty much the same thing as them pretending like they don't want to join the gay club due to these same fears! But hey, perhaps we're just (a) forgetting how easy it was to live as an in-need-of-a-compassionate-shoulder gay adolescent and (b) how dangerous the French and Drama club were to our development.

::Writer rolls eyes so dramatically, he fears VA lawmakers may require him to obtain parental permission to join the "Sarcastic Eye Movements Society"::

It's still unclear from WHAT school-sponsored clubs, exactly, the bill's sponsors are trying to protect children if not gay-straight alliances. And it will remain unclear as long as this bill is debated, as denying the bill's actual impetus is simply the water-muddying strategy that our opposition uses to advance measures such as this.

Gay Straight Clubs Bill Revived [WCAV]

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