A week or so ago, a cellphone video, showing a gay teenager being bullied and beat up in an Ohio high school, went viral. And the issue of bullying, particularly bullying against gays, was (albeit briefly) back on the radar.
We don't like this kind of thing when it happens. The Michigan state legislature addressed the terrible phenomenon yesterday, passing the new “Matt’s Safe School Law,” named after a Michigan teen who committed suicide after an anti-gay hazing attack.
One of the reforms will require school districts to have procedures in place to address bullying complaints. But the bill now also has language that says requirements don't "prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil's parent or guardian."
I see. So if you have a religious or moral conviction that gay kids should be harassed in high school, bullying is okay?
Isn't that an exception which probably applies in MOST anti-gay bullying?
The law is insane. Watch Michigan State Senator Gretchen Whitmer talk about the law that Michigan just passed:
Note: It goes without saying that the Michigan Senate is GOP-lead.