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Kentucky House panel rejects adding sexual orientation to anti-bullying law

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A bill that would have expanded Kentucky’s anti-bullying laws by linking harassment to sexual orientation, race and other characteristics, died in the House Education Committee on Tuesday after facing opposition from Republican lawmakers.

House Bill 336, sponsored by state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville), would have required schools to implement a code of conduct that bans bullying and harassment motivated by a student’s race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or learning disabilities, reported the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The measure fell two votes short of having the required 15 votes needed to clear the committee — all Republicans voted against the bill, except two who abstained.

Critics argued that the state’s existing anti-bulling law, passed in 2008, provides sufficient safeguards. But Marzian, who pledged to keep the issue alive this session, said language to identify students by group would strengthen protections.

“I’m astounded at the lack of compassion among Republicans who claim to care about people, but obviously they don’t,” Marzian said after the meeting. “It’s typical of their all talk and no action.”

“If this bill does not get on to the House, if it does not get through the Senate, my daughter’s death will be in vain,” said Travis Campbell of Hopkinsville, whose 14-year-old daughter fatally shot herself on Feb. 4 after classmates taunted her for being bisexual.

Campbell, who still carries the bullet in his pocket, said teachers “couldn’t or wouldn’t” protect his daughter.

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  1. idiots. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:23pm
  2. of course

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:24pm
  3. Fools >:(

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:24pm
  4. smh…then the number of assault charges is gonna double…cus peeps gonna get sick of bein fucked with and they gonna beat the hell outta someone

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:25pm
  5. dumb.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:25pm
  6. This makes how many southern states going to hell now? -_-

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:25pm
  7. Ew. :/

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:26pm
  8. wtf thats dumb -_-

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:26pm
  9. Another state I’m never visiting.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:27pm
  10. Not that we were planning to vacation there, but I will make a point of avoiding Kentucky.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:27pm
  11. i would ask for clarification on this bill…cus i see a loop-hole to get out of hate crime charges…some big redneck, not me, could beat up some black guy or hispanic and say “im not racist, THEY ARE GAY”… >.<

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:28pm
  12. Shock. I have to drive through it on I65 but willl not even get gas there.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:28pm
  13. what a load of bigots

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:29pm
  14. Just cause Im different, I deserved to be made fun of and abused?!?! I think not! THATS BULLSHIT!! LGBTQP <3

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:29pm
  15. &-{/}

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:31pm
  16. Fucking morons.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:32pm
  17. This is so heterosexual -.-

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:33pm
  18. Stupid ass rednecks in that state. I will avoid it at all cost.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:33pm
  19. I hate living here.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:34pm
  20. to all my Ky. Bros and sisters. Keep strong and be proud of who you are. We are strong together and we need to keep the faith that LOVE IS LOVE!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:39pm
  21. and shutting out a whole community of people isn’t bullying?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:40pm
  22. I find it extremely sad that any state in this country can condone prejudice or hatred by its laws. I pray for the day of equality and will continue to fight for it with my last breath.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:43pm
  23. I mean seriously just because Im a pansexual transsexual I deserve to be spit on, kicked, punched, and verbally abused on a daily basis cause the government is ignorant, rude, unaccepting, and homophobic? Id love to see them suffer the way we do!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:45pm
  24. I’m so sorry, Kentucky kids and others—your liberation and the full protection of your rights will happen eventually, I promise they will.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:46pm
  25. @Jordan I’m sorry you have to go through that, but good for you. All everyone ever does is complain that there’s no peace yet they refuse to accept people’s differences. It’s sickening. Sexual orientation/gender identity doesn’t change you as a person. If anything it makes you stronger and more positive with all the shit you have to go through everyday.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:52pm
  26. Craziness

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:54pm
  27. Inbreed, what do you expect? Redneck idiots!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:01pm
  28. This is one of the reasons why I don’t live in Kentucky.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:04pm
  29. I love Kentucky. I hate this with a passion. How sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:14pm
  30. this is the exact reason y i moved out of ky!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:14pm
  31. I’m not surprised; backwards assholes.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:17pm
  32. BTW, I’ve been a resident of Kentucky for 20+ years, and no, we are not all braindead rednecks. Just some of the law makers, and many residents. But there are just as many of us who are either LGBT or LGBT allies; the conservatives just drown us out.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:20pm
  33. Shocker

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:38pm
  34. They were afraid that protecting students based on sexual orientation would interfere with the so-called Christian students right to “disagree with homosexuality.” They were so absorbed with their majority “First Amendment Rights” (which, since when does freedom of religion allow you to be a bigot? I thought freedom of religion meant you were allowed the freedom to practise whatever religion you chose without harassment — not the freedom to shove it down the throats of others, nor a safeguard allowing you to be violent toward another in the name of that religion.) It’s so foolish, so Kentuckiana lawmakers, so Republican, that they ignored that the language of the bill included protecting a student from being bullied because of their religion, and their little religious bullies they killed this bill to protect, still could have argued their “persecution”, despite it. It’s not creating a protected class — it would’ve held everyone evenly responsible. It would have covered so many things people are really bullied over everyday here. …But gods forbid we protect the truly persecuted by potentially stepping on the “rights” the moral majority feel entitled to. Gods forbid we take off the blinders and see the reality of middle and high school life. >.< Especially in the South, but as a country on the whole. You would think an epidemic would spark a change — I mean, mass suicides in Chinese plants got better working conditions. Here? We’re denying and arguing the issue and not working to solve the cause. It’s really, sincerely, tragic.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:43pm
  35. Fuckin stupid.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:43pm
  36. boo!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:45pm
  37. Shocking.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:45pm
  38. HMMM! Because apparently it’s ok to bully others if you’re dissing their sex life. At no other time, and for no other reason, but apparenly there is nothing sacred about sex. Let’s not worry about kids bullying each other, after all they’re only “copying” adult behavior. I wonder if any portion of this bill actually holds the parents responsible for the bullying their juvenile brats do??

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:47pm
  39. Yeah because the hundreds of kids killing themselves don’t require protections…fuck you Kentucky

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 5:53pm
  40. omg are u f*kin serious…. WOW!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 6:20pm
  41. Bullying is bullying; it shouldn’t matter why or whatever, it should ALL be criminal!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 6:20pm
  42. Oklahoma doesn’t even recognize sexual orientation on the hate crime bill.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 6:58pm
  43. WTF??

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:00pm
  44. sad… they won’t cover a majority of cases, I say!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:24pm
  45. Might as well live in Irag where they kill gay kids by stoning…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:30pm
  46. Dats fuckin sad

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:33pm
  47. WTF is right!! I like how the ‘gay pride nobullies’ person says that we are ‘stupid ass rednecks’. What part of ‘nobullies’ is that? There are still homos here…we didn’t choose it!!!! But thanks for the bigotry in our own community.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:35pm
  48. I live here in Louisiana and they did the same thing KY did.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:39pm
  49. Because gays don’t matter…so, that’s ok if we’re bullied.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:42pm