THANK YOU, Governor Herbert, for doing the right thing and vetoing HB363. I have already sent an email of thanks as well.
This bill would allow for sex education but only if it taught abstinence only, no contraception information, and absolutely no mention of homosexuality. A real head-in-the-sand piece of legislation pushed by Utah's Eagle Forum.
At last someone in Utah is willing to stand up against the pressure of the Eagle Forum and instead do what what majority want. Remember, parents already can opt their kids out of sex ed, but only 10% do; 90% still want their kids to have knowledge. Ruzicka says, "We had 64 legislators vote in favor of that bill. And one Republican who spends a couple days looking at it caves in to the pressure."
I see it differently. We had 64 legislators scared to cross Ruzicka, and one courageous governor who LISTENED to tens of thousands of voters.
Gayle Ruzicka, and by extension the Eagle Forum, have an inordinate amount of influence in the Utah legislature simply because of their organization and access. But they represent the extreme viewpoint and not the mainstream--even in Utah. And legislators are afraid of Gayle. She can make or break your election with her infamous calling tree. Don't cross her.
Yes, I know. If we don't like Gayle's tactics, we should fight fire with fire and start our own organization. Someone should. But in the meantime, I sure wish legislators would be more inclined to consider ALL of their constituents and not just the noisiest ones.