Check out this bit of "pro-family" crowing from the Indiana Family Institute's newsletter listing all of their accomplishments in the Indiana legislature this session:
Anti-Free Speech homosexual "bullying" bill dies in Senate committee. The homosexual lobby was pushing SB 538, a seemingly innocuous "anti-bullying" bill. Homosexual advocates around the country and here in Indiana are attempting to use the tragic suicides of several allegedly homosexual high school students to thrust their agenda on the public schools. This bill would have given homosexual advocates in schools a weapon to silence completely appropriate discussions by students who oppose the homosexual political agenda by opening up the definition of bullying beyond that which the average Hoosier would recognize. The far Left homosexual lobby believes any opposition to homosexuality, even peaceful and appropriate civil discussion, can be a form of bullying. The bill was voted on and defeated in committee and died.
What a horrid piece of legislation! Oh, those radical homosexual activists! Somehow, I'm doubtful that the IFI's description is apt since the legislation was sponsored by a Republican. Oh, wait. That's right. It's not accurate at all.
What was the bill actually about? It's after the jump.
According to a press release from the sponsoring Republican senator, Tom Wyss of Fort Wayne, the bill would strengthen the state's existing anti-bullying law by including electronic communications and establishing best practices standards.
Currently, Indiana law defines bullying as any verbal, physical or other act committed by a student with the intent of harassing, ridiculing, intimidating or harming another student. Wyss said Senate Bill 538 would expand the definition to include verbal and written communications transmitted digitally or electronically.
"Often advancements in technology provide opportunities for some individuals - especially students - to harass and embarrass their peers in new ways," Wyss said. "I believe updating the definition of bullying to include digital or electronic communications is necessary so that school officials can respond to these types of bullying incidents appropriately."
Here's the digest of the bill from the Statehouse website:
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED SENATE BILL 538
Bullying prevention. Requires the department of education to evaluate and make available to school corporations effective models of bullying prevention plans and to provide an appropriate incentive to school corporations with policies that encourage student participation in extracurricular activities designed to prevent bullying. Requires a school corporation to publish the number of bullying incidents that have occurred in the school corporation's annual performance report. Requires a school corporation's discipline and safety plan that is developed with parental assistance to address bullying prevention and response. Provides that the advisory board of the division of professional standards may adopt rules that set standards for teacher and administrator continuing education in the prevention of and response to bullying. Amends the definition of "bullying" to specify that the term includes verbal or written communications transmitted in any manner, including digitally or electronically. Requires school corporation discipline rules to include written reports of bullying incidents and responses to the incidents, and annual reports of the number of bullying incidents and responses to the department of education. Provides that the department of education may audit compliance with bullying prevention, intervention, and reporting requirements at any time.
Indiana's culture of queer fear is being taken to new extremes in this year's legislative session. First, the House passed a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions that will soon be picked up by the state Senate. Then the Senate introduced a bill to outlaw domestic partner benefits for public employees. Now the Senate has killed an anti-bullying bill because it includes LGBT students.
Why was the legislation introduced? The suicide of 15 year old Billy Lucas from Greensburg who took his own life after constant bullying by kids who thought he was gay. Isn't it funny how a "pro-family" organization could care less if children are bullied? That's some twisted fucking logic.