Fresh off the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring all states to issue same-sex marriage licenses, gay rights activists in Alaska and across the nation are pressuring legislators to pass measures mandating wider acceptance of the LGBTQ lifestyle and ideology in schools.
In a June 6 email to Alaskans, ACLU of Alaska Executive Director Joshua Decker praised the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, but then noted that “the fight for full equality is not yet over.”
Decker claimed that due to harassment of homosexual and transgendered students, a nationwide law is needed to root out bullying in schools.
Decker encouraged Alaskans to write U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan urging them to vote in favor of the newly reintroduced Student Non-Discrimination ACT (SNDA) which mandates that schools recognize and affirm the “perceived sexual orientation” of students regardless of their biological sex. According to the law, students who feel that their perceived sexual orientation is not properly recognized and affirmed could request a judicial proceeding.
According to Decker, such a law is needed, in part, so that schools will allow students to use the restrooms of the sex they identify with regardless of their biology, and so that schools will let students take same-sex dates to prom.
“The battle for equality isn’t over yet, but we’re proud to fight for it with you,” Decker concluded his letter.
The growing push to impose legal penalties against individuals and groups that do not accept gender ideologies celebrating homosexual, bisexual and transgender expression has caught the attention of Pope Francis.
Earlier this year the pope lamented the growing use of tactics to force gender theory on individuals and governments that do not agree with homosexual and transgender theories of human sexuality.
Speaking in March on his voyage to Naples, Italy, Pope Francis spoke of the “ideological colonization” of families seen throughout Europe and the West.
Most recently, in his new encyclical teaching “Laudato si,” the pope noted: “The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation.”
He added: “Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it.” (Published with permission from the author, “Buoyed by Court Ruling Alaska Gay Rights Activists Turn to Schools”, originally appeared HERE)