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The office of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Wednesday that their petition asking for review of a case throwing out the state’s sodomy statute is “not about sexual orientation.”Virginia’s Crimes Against Nature statute made oral sex - even between consenting married couples - a felony.
Incidentally, this would be the same governor who in 2009 said that “homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong.”
The stated desire to protect young people from abusive adults might be vaguely persuasive if Cuccinelli hadn’t blocked a earlier attempt to reform the sodomy law which retained protections for minors and non-consenting adults.
Despite describing youth education as a priority in the newly publish sexual health framework, the UK government’s review of PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) changes very little and will likely cut funding for some education services.
The conclusion of the review is that almost nothing will change, with no new guidance or programmes of study on PSHE or Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) to be published.
Clearly the Department for Education has not been looking at the same evidence as the rest of us or listening to the views of children and young people themselves. 20 months after the review was announced, this vital topic is clearly consigned to the very bottom of the DFE pile marked ‘non urgent’. This stubborn refusal of the Department of Education to improve PSHE and SRE fails children and young people yet again.
Comprehensive, accurate and inclusive sex education should be a priority for the UK’s LGBT political movement.
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