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Iowa lawmakers seek to exclude gay students from anti-bullying law

Iowa lawmakers seek to exclude gay students from anti-bullying law

Two Iowa state legislators have introduced a bill that would remove protections for gay, lesbian and transgender students from an anti-bullying law passed in 2007.

Reps. Windschitl (left) and Schultz

Republican Reps. Jason Schultz and Matt Windschitl want to remove protection to lesbians, gay and transgender students from the Safe Schools Law, in and effort to reverse the Iowa’s Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

Schultz says he’s not doing this to hurt gay, lesbian and transgender students, he’s just trying to forward his agenda to make same sex marriage illegal in Iowa.

“The Bully Bill or Safe School Act doesn’t protect anyone anyway. Schools are already doing this, so to remove few words doesn’t change the intent or effect of the law,” he said.

Ryan Roemerman, executive director of Iowa Pride Network, said the bill would open up LGBT students to bullying and harassment.

“When our state is facing record budget deficits and unemployment, House Republicans feel their time is best spent picking on Iowa’s LGBT youth,” Roemerman said in a statement.

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