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Missouri house debates homosexuality

Missouri house debates homosexuality

An hours-long Missouri house debate on how to fund public schools got sidetracked early Wednesday in a discussion over homosexuality. The house considered an amendment that would bar school districts from adopting policies or allowing school activities that advocate criminal behavior. The house then passed a provision by Republican representative Brad Roark saying districts also couldn't have policies or activities that advocate or support homosexuality. "I don't think a majority of Missourians approve of that type of lifestyle," Roark said before his proposal passed 81-47. "There are certain standards when there are state tax dollars involved." Several Democrats objected. "Students who are gay are subjected to discrimination and ridicule and violence and death. To say these students should not be some way is the absolute wrong way to go," said Democratic representative Rick Johnson. But the vote means little in the long run, as the amendment Roark's wording was attached to was ultimately set aside without being added to the funding bill. (AP)

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