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Iowa to enact anti-bullying law that protects LGBT students

A anti-bullying bill that includes protections for LGBT students passed the Iowa House Thursday night, and Governor Chet Culver said he will sign it.

Wingnut attempts to provide a clause excluding religious schools were struck down (after all, what’s not to love about attending a school where it’s A-OK to beat the crap out of an LGBT student with a bible in your hand).  It’s hard to believe that the unhinged thinking behind the opposition to providing safe spaces for kids in school, but here you go… (365gay):

Republicans who insisted on the exclusion had argued that the legislation was less about protecting students than it was about forcing cultural views on schools.

“There is the potential for a chilling effect on the teaching of religious doctrine through the filing of lawsuits, because of the way the bill is worded,” warned Sen. Jeff Angelo (R) during debate in the Senate.

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