Breaking: Arizona Governor Signs “No Promo Homo” Repeal

Breaking: Arizona Governor Signs “No Promo Homo” Repeal April 11, 2019

Yesterday we reported on the announcement that the Arizona AG’s office informed legislature that they would not be defending lawsuits against the state’s sexual education requirements that were discriminatory towards LGBTQ+ youth.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Image Credit: Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

SB1346 Repeals Homophobic Education Statute

Shortly after yesterday’s post the Arizona House voted to repeal the offending legislation by a vote of 55-5. Today the state Senate followed suit with a vote of 19-10-1, and Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) just announced via twitter that he has signed the bill, eliminating what amounted to a ban on teaching about homosexuality in sexual education classes across the state.

 

SB1346 repeals a key section of Arizona Revised Statute 15-716(C), which previously stated that:

C. No district shall include in its course of study instruction which:

1. Promotes a homosexual life-style.

2. Portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative life-style.

3. Suggests that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.

Repeal Signals Inclusive Shift in Arizona Politics

While several die-hard conservative legislators voted against the repeal, the move signals a shift in LGBTQ+ acceptance in the Arizona public school system that many have been clamoring for since the legislation was implemented in 1992. In a series of tweets following the announcement Arizona Superintendent of Schools Kathy Hoffman (D) applauded the repeal and says it “sends a signal to every student, teacher, and family in Arizona that they are welcome in our schools – regardless of who they are and who they love.”

 

Update: Repeal Supporters Hold Press Conference from AZ Capitol

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  • WallofSleep

    A republican? In Arizona? Repealing this bill?

    Are they handing out parkas in hell?

  • lonnie93041

    Some of the more intelligent Republican politicians are coming around. The ones who feel the wind of change. The stupid ones, well you know what’s going to happen to their careers. It’s taking a lot longer than I thought but believe me the wait will be worth it. Savor every little victory, we are winning.

  • WallofSleep

    Smart republicans in Arizona… the mind boggles.

    I sure hope you’re right. Barry Goldwater’s warnings about the religious right weren’t just prescient, they were down right prophetic.

  • Jim Jones

    Didn’t they get a shitstorm of bad publicity, including businesses and sporting events refusing to go to the state?

  • That was a few years ago with an anti-immigration bill that failed.

  • Goldwater’s legacy on AZ republicans isn’t entirely dead yet and for church/state issues that is definitely a good thing.

  • They knew they were gonna lose the lawsuits and decided to just avoid a whole lot of very unfavorable trial coverage. They did the right thing, but only after they were absolutely forced to.

  • WallofSleep

    Yeah, that sound much more like the republicans of today.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    To be fair, doing the right thing as a last resort to avoid a PR disaster is characteristic of many Democrats as well.

  • WallofSleep

    Indeed. It’s a time honored tradition in The States, as Churchill observed.

    “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”

  • CriticalDragon1177

    This really good news, even if it happened over a weak ago now.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Not all Republicans are homophobic wingnuts who are delusional enough to think that there’s any point in trying to stop the rainbow tide.

  • Yeah … then he mucked up all that good will by posting Jesus spam on his official FB page all weekend. ::le sigh::