From Think Progress, we learn that the Bush Administration is busy laying the groundwork for the idea that not just teenagers, but all unmarried people, should be abstinent.
Especially the queers:
“Abstinence curricula must have a clear definition of sexual abstinence which must be consistent with the following: ‘Abstinence means voluntarily choosing not to engage in sexual activity until marriage. Sexual activity refers to any type of genital contact or sexual stimulation between two persons including, but not limited to, sexual intercourse.’”
Later, the guidelines explicitly define marriage:
“Throughout the entire curriculum, the term “marriage” must be defined as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as a husband and wife, and the word ’spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.” (Consistent with Federal law)”
In other words, if you’re gay, the Bush administration has decided that you should be taught to never, ever engage in “any type” of “sexual stimulation” — ever.
All emphasis from Think Progress.
There are so, so many things wrong with this, not the least of which is having the Administration for Children and Families (part of HHS) set forth criteria for abstinence-based education that purport to teach what adults should be doing.
And what do they do with programs in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is, in fact, marriage? Just not fund them?
But most chilling is that it’s teaching kids that they should forever be celibate should they happen to be queer. Sure, it bugs the crap out of me that they’re also being taught that I, a single heterosexual, should never have my genitals stimulated without a wedding ring on my finger, but I can always marry someone if I want to have sex with him that badly. If I were a lesbian, and in one of these classes, the message would clearly be that there was something wrong with what I wanted to do and no way to get anyone’s blessing to do it.
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