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The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) H.R. 4530

The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), or H.R. 4530, was introduced late last month by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, with 60 co-sponsors. Polis, the first openly gay man elected to the House as a nonincumbent, said the legislation will put lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on “equal footing” with their peers, much as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did for minorities and Title IX did for women.

“Hatred has no place in the classroom,” Polis, a Democrat, said in a statement on Jan. 27. “Every student has the right to an education free from harassment and violence. This bill will protect the freedoms of our students and enshrine the values of equality and opportunity in the classroom.”

But some critics say the bill, if passed, could lead to murky definitions of harassment and provide a universal approach to the nation's public schools despite regional differences on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

“The real danger is how this will be interpreted,” said Neal McCluskey, associate director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank. “The definition of harassment could be broadly interpreted that anybody who expressed a totally legitimate opinion about homosexual behavior could be made illegal.

via – Gay Discrimination Bill Will Stifle Free Speech, Advance ‘Homosexual Agenda,’ Critics Say.

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