There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of SB 656 amongst those who oppose these policies. There are numerous comments about how it "marginalizes" LGBT people and that religious people are "forcing their beliefs on everyone else". I would appreciate if these commenters could explain to me how opting my child out of a sexually explicit assignment "forces" my beliefs on anyone else in the class? How does my child being given an alternate assignment "marginalize" a group of people?
It concerns me that these same arguments may one day be applied to the FLE curriculum, which is also opt out - will they say it "marginalizes" people when I opt my child out FLE? That I am "forcing" my religious beliefs on all the other students in the class by opting my child out sex ed?
Those opposed don't seem to understand that by preventing parents from being informed of, and having a choice about their child being exposed to sexually explicit materials in the classroom, it is you who are forcing your (liberal, progressive) views on everyone else.
I support SB 656 and these policies because this is about affirming parents' rights and parental authority to make decisions about their children's education.
Thank you Governor Youngkin for your support of parents' rights.