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Colorado’s Radical Sex Education Bill Moves Through Legislature

In 2013, Colorado enacted a controversial comprehensive sex education policy, but legislation has been proposed that will go even further.

Colorado’s radical, LGBT-friendly sex education bill, HB 1032, specifically prohibits religious, moral, and ethical perspectives on sex from being discussed in the classroom. That means teachers and students are not only prohibited from talking about abstinence, but also prohibited from excluding abortion when discussing crisis pregnancy options. Plus, it teaches children as young as nine years old details about LGBT relationships, including teaching them how to “consent” to sex acts.

There are also no provisions allowing parents to opt their children out of the instruction. In fact, parents don’t need to be notified when schools have lessons on gender expression and the like.

Says Autumn Leva of Family Policy Alliance and Debbie Chaves of Colorado Family Action in an op/ed for the Colorado Springs Gazette, “It’s beginning to look like Planned Parenthood’s fingerprints are all over this bill. It’s the perfect business model for them—develop a curriculum that encourages sexual interaction and experimentation between children, use lobbying and political capital to convince politicians to mandate the curriculum in schools, teach children about sex products at a young age, and ensure repeat customers.”

HB 1032 has already been passed through the Colorado House floor and is working its way through the Senate.

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Good News for Colorado Baker Jack Phillips

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission announced that it will dismiss its most recent charges against cake baker Jack Phillips in the wake of newly discovered evidence of the state’s continued hostility toward Phillips and his beliefs.

Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Phillips’ religious conviction to refuse to create a same-sex “wedding” cake, the commission went after Phillips again, accusing him this time of discrimination for declining to create a gender transition cake.

Said Phillips’ lawyer, ADF’s Kristen Waggoner, “This is the second time the state has launched a failed effort to prosecute him. While it finally appears to be getting the message that its anti-religious hostility has no place in our country, the state’s decision to target Jack has cost him more than six-and-a-half years of his life.”

Despite the setbacks, Phillips is focusing on the bright side. “I’m very grateful and looking forward to serving my customers as I always have: with love and respect,” he said.

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Colorado High School Student Forfeits Wrestling Matches Over Girl

What would you do as a young man if you had to compete against a girl in a state wrestling match? For Brendan Johnston, a senior at the Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, the simple answer was to forfeit the state tournament and end his wrestling career.

After forfeiting to Jaslyn Gallegos in the first round, he then forfeited to Angel Rios in the third-round consolation match. Gallegos and Rios made history as the first females to place at the tournament.

Citing personal and religious reasons, Johnston said, “It’s so physical . . .physically close. I don’t think that’s really appropriate with a young lady. It’s also very aggressive and I’m not really, I guess, comfortable with that.”

Johnston told the Denver Post, “Wrestling is something we do. It’s not who we are. There are more important things to me than my wrestling, and I’m willing to have those priorities.”

While Johnston might have lost the tournament, he won in terms of standing up for his beliefs. In the end, that’s what matters most.

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U.S Supreme Court Asked to Determine Personhood in Colorado Embryo Case

Are embryos people or property? This is the question before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Colorado embryo custody case Rooks v. Rooks.

Mandy Rooks, the mother of six cryopreserved babies produced by in-vitro fertilization, wants custody of her children and wants the option to produce more full-term babies in the future, but her ex-husband, Drake, wants the embryos destroyed.

The lower courts awarded Mr. Rooks custody of the embryos for destruction, but the Colorado Supreme Court stayed that decision. However, Thomas More Society Special Counsel Rebecca Messall is asking that SCOTUS accept the case and affirm that embryos are human beings and not property that can be disposed of at will.

States Messall in the appeal to the high court, “Granting human embryos the status of persons cannot be left up to fifty states, any more than the Kansas-Nebraska Act could leave the status of slaves to each state. The test of who is a ‘person’ must be decided for the entire nation in order to uphold the principles of ‘Equal Justice Under Law.’”

A decision from the United States Supreme Court on whether it will consider the case is expected by February 25.

The personhood debate is nothing new. In Davis v. Davis, the Tennessee Supreme Court examined this same question and concluded that an embryo was neither a person nor property, but rather an aggregate of cells or a “preembryo.”

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Radical Colorado Sex Education Bill Advances

A bill filed in the Colorado House known as the Youth Wellness Act wants to teach children in Colorado public schools about the different relationship models they and their peers may engage in.

The bill would allow explicit descriptions of sexual techniques used by the LGBT peers but prohibit teaching that there are two sexes, male and female, which is considered the promotion of “gender norms or gender stereotypes.” Sex education instructors would also be prohibited from “explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines” and that would include abstinence-only curriculum.

Fortunately, the state allows parents to opt their children out of sex education and, thankfully, parents have not been silent. Though the measure is backed by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, ACLU Colorado, and LGBT activist groups, opposition to it has been strong. Nearly 95,000 email messages opposing the bill were sent to legislators and of the 300 people who signed up to testify in last Wednesday night’s hearing most opposed the bill.

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