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Amendment 2 supporters talk about schools



Kk_copyProponents of the gay marriage ban say that failure of Amendment 2 could lead to books like this one being read to young public school students. During a press conference in Tallahassee on Wednesday, they said that if the gay marriage ban isn't part of the Constitution and if judges knock down the current laws banning gay marriage, schoolteachers might start reading books like King & King to young children.

John Stemberger, who heads the campaign to put Amendment 2 in the Constitution, says there is a time for schoolchildren to learn about same-sex relationships, but not in second grade.

Stemberger also denied accusations that he and other proponents are breaking Florida campaign disclosure laws by not disclosing donors to 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 pro-marriage groups that have been funding some of their TV commercials.

Hillsborough County schoolteacher James Pope also criticized King & King, a children's book about a prince who chooses another prince over a bunch of princesses. But Pope later added the book wasn't being read or taught in Hillsborough County schools.

Massachusetts parents Robb and Robin Wirthlin talked about their lawsuit that challenged their public school's authority to read the book in their son's second grade classroom without notifying parents. They said they lost because the state for allows same-sex marriage.


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:39pm]


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