Pa. district scraps controversial same-sex policy

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania school district has scrapped a controversial policy that said its curriculum would not “promote or encourage” same-sex relationships or orientation.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports (http://bit.ly/133fxSy ) the board of the Elizabethtown Area School District decided last week to delete the entire policy. Board president Terry Seiders said it held no educational value.

The main element of the policy said “the curriculum will not promote or encourage same-sex relationships or orientation.”

Approved in February 1997, its passage included months of board meetings that drew up to 1,200 people. It led to a walkout of more than 200 students, resulting in more than 100 suspensions.

Board members say the policy came up last week as part of the board’s regular review of existing policies.

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Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era , http://lancasteronline.com

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