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U.S. Senate candidate blasts SNDA, says it ‘criminalizes’ teasing

Friday, April 20, 2012

A candidate for the U.S. Senate has come under fire for criticizing the Student Non-Discrimination Act, legislation meant to protect children, becuase she said it “criminalizes” teasing.

Heather Wilson, who formerly represented New Mexico’s first Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives and is now running for the U.S. Senate, said that SNDA “is so broad that it would actually punish children, or say it’s prohibited to express an opinion with respect to homosexuality in schools.”

Heather Wilson

The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization – called Wilson’s remarks “shockingly ignorant” and said they reflect how unaware she is of the realities kids face in school on a daily basis.

“Bullying and harassment of kids who are LGBT, or who are perceived to be LGBT, is a serious problem. Our lawmakers have a moral obligation to protect children.” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

“Heather Wilson should be sending a message that verbal and physical abuse is never acceptable behavior. Instead, she’s saying harassment based on someone’s real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity is a normal way for bullies to express their opinion.”

Wilson has a staunchly anti-LGBT track record, according to the HRC. She has voted against workplace protections for LGBT employees and supports a federal marriage amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

“Heather Wilson isn’t just disagreeing with SNDA from a policy perspective, she is devaluing the everyday experiences, health, and safety of LGBT youth. Bullying or harassing another human being is never acceptable, regardless of your personal beliefs,” Solmonese added.

Earlier Friday, the White House released a statement indicating President Barack Obama supports both the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) and the Student Non-Discrimination Act.

The SNDA would prohibit discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

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34 more reader comments:

  1. that it would, but where do we draw the line? i certainly wouldn’t say that far up but where could we ever draw an effective line to end discrimination and not include a bunch of flim-flam?

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:21pm
  2. GET A CLUE!!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:21pm
  3. Hahahaha, what a dumb turd!

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:22pm
  4. Stupid Heather Wilson.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:23pm
  5. there’s a big difference between playful teasing like between siblings n out-right bullying which is what this is to deal with

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:24pm
  6. Heather Wilson can lick my vagina!

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:25pm
  7. she was probably a bully in high school.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:26pm
  8. is she worried her family or she herself might get arrested

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:27pm
  9. doesn’t the language the bill describe the nature of or what would be considered bullying? candidate dumb ass needs to go sit down somewhere not near my government.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:33pm
  10. you know I always hear, “That’s the parent’s job to teach them to be nice” hmmmm seems to me they ain’t doing it so we gotta pass a law.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:34pm
  11. heather wilson is an idiot. it only gets better when you homophobic people go away.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:35pm
  12. thought that criminalizing it was the POINT. “I find it funny by the way that so many people who oppose teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution don’t have a problem with ‘Social Darwinism’ in schools where only the fittest survive.”

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:46pm
  13. she is just one of those females that were taught by a strict religios and political families. hopefully things will get better when my age group comes to were we are presidents . things will get better i hope.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:47pm
  14. Dumbass twit :(

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:49pm
  15. She probably also thinks that Sexual Harassment policies criminalize “flirting”.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:50pm
  16. Teasing is Bullying you stupid crunt!. Wake up and smell the BS you are spouting!

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:50pm
  17. what a jackass.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:09pm
  18. bitch ain’t got the brains of piss ant.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:25pm
  19. ugh just ugh

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:28pm
  20. I’ve been bullied and i can tell ya its a huge difference from being teased

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:29pm
  21. whata twat!!

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:31pm
  22. Tell that to the parents of the next kid that commits suidcide you stupid piece of human garbage.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:36pm
  23. Bitch.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:47pm
  24. Wow, political suicide – BEFORE your elected… lmfao

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 9:18pm
  25. This is the same old attitude as kids will be kids that lasted generations of abuse.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 9:52pm
  26. Heather Wilson is in bed with K. Rove, D. Cheney, and the Koch Bros. She’s got their money all over her and shes taking lessons. here in New Mexico she’s running against Eric Griego, who has been tagged as one of the top 5 progressives to watch, hopefully headed to congress. (think Bernie Sanders except younger, Hispanic and with more hair) LOL

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:17pm
  27. opps, got my NM candidates confused. Heather Wilson is running against Martin Heinrich-a dem/progressive who has a good record for LGBTQ rights- again sorry for misinformation. (time to say good night)

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:26pm
  28. Hatred coming from any source is unproductive and does not make the world a better place. I have said nasty things about Heather Wilson in the past. My first inclination is to hit “like” on everyone’s nasty comments, but the truth is that we all have the opportunity to change here… Not just her and people who agree with her, but all of us. Me too. Words hurt. That’s a big point in favor of the SNDA.

    Be the change you wish to see in this world. ~Ghandi

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:43pm
  29. And why shouldn’t teasing children be considered a criminal act?!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:57pm
  30. She must have been a bully in a past life…damn the karmic tendency manifested again…oh well, shit happens…

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11:42pm
  31. Teasing is just as bad as discrimination as majority of the time it leads to violent acts that ultimately leave a child to end their life. I am sorry but if it saves one life I am all for it in light of the fact that she is against it the thing that matters is saving lives.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11:51pm
  32. teasing is a derogatory action towards another – plain an simple – it is not a sport or young people trying to find themselves – it is a lack of empathy towards your fellow humankind; and depending on the type of teasing it can leave a everlasting impression on the individual…but, most importantly while a law might help…it is not a cure…the cure is not to glorify or elevate horrific and brutal actions society-wide…it would take years to undo social brainwashing – as an example ” blacks and whites being allowed to marry” it has taken years to bring a level of acceptance and still has years to go before it is not even thought of as unusual/forbidden…so Heather Wilson you are obvious so monumentally naive on the nature of humankind…please – just drop out…

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:30am
  33. and that’s bad??

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 9:39am
  34. Her time of hate and intolerance in Politics needs to come to an end – Vote For Her Opponent !

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10:18am