PHOENIX – House Democratic Leader Charlene Fernandez released the following statement after the House voted 55-5 today to repeal Arizona's outdated 'no promo homo' law that prohibits discussion of homosexuality in public school sexual education classes. Democrats have pushed for years to repeal the 1991 law, and helped negotiate an amendment to Senate Bill 1346 after the law was challenged in court. The bill now faces a potential final vote in the Senate.
"Today we had the opportunity to stand together in a bi-partisan manner and right a wrong. We are repealing a law that has stigmatized untold numbers of Arizonans, and has led to erroneous and dangerous stereotypes, discrimination and bullying. Schools should be a safe, inclusive environment where every student has the opportunity to learn free from harassment and bullying. In Arizona we can't say that's the case. For the past 28 years, this law has amounted to an official state-sanctioned climate of discrimination. I am so proud of my colleagues who voted yes today to put this chapter in the rear-view mirror and move our state forward."