Sen. Al Franken Introduces Student Non-Discrimination Act to Senate

Senator Al Franken and 22 cosponsors introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act, a companion to companion bill to H.R. 4530, introduced by Rep. Jared Polis in the House early this year, which would prohibit discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Rep. Polis’s bill currently has the support of over 100 representatives.

The Gay and Lesbian student Education Network (GLSEN)–which is supported by country singer Chely Wright and others–issued this statement from their Executive Director Eliza Byard said:

GLSEN thanks Senator Franken and SNDA’s 22 Senate cosponsors for making a commitment to ensuring that LGBT students can learn without the fear of being discriminated against simply for who they are. SNDA will send a clear message to schools that they must address the hostile environment many LGBT students face in schools

12 Responses to "Sen. Al Franken Introduces Student Non-Discrimination Act to Senate"
AZ Matt | Thursday May 20, 2010 03:52 pm 1

Good for Al!

puravida | Friday May 21, 2010 07:51 am 2

Al for Majority Leader!

(I know, I time)

ThingsComeUndone | Friday May 21, 2010 08:03 am 3

Rand I suppose is opposed:)

Ann in AZ | Friday May 21, 2010 08:18 am 4

Michael Whitney has a fresh cross-post available for us: Debacle of BP’s Live Feed of Pipe a Microcosm for this Whole Clusterf@#k

Rayne | Friday May 21, 2010 08:24 am 5
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 3

Well of course he is, don’t even need Rachel to ask him, do we? No school should have to infringe on its own rights to choose to serve whomever they want, right?

Except it gets all muddy when it comes to public schools, and we know that the libertarian answer is private schools for everybody.

Jeebus, it’s all so completely antithetical to American ideals of fairness and the promotion of the general welfare.

Phoenix Woman | Friday May 21, 2010 08:24 am 6

I heart my Senator Al Franken.

oldtree | Friday May 21, 2010 08:56 am 7

Our only good senators are brand new senators or independents from Vermont. What does that tell us about the house of lords? Merkley, Franken, Bernie. Anyone else that hasn’t turned tail and run at the first sign of a dollar bill?

medicinecat | Friday May 21, 2010 09:00 am 8
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 3

I would guess that Rand sees violence and abuse towards GLBT persons as protected “self-expression”.

Sara | Friday May 21, 2010 09:41 am 9

Today is Al Franken’s 59th Birthday.

Maybe he would like some good wishes.

Teddy Partridge | Friday May 21, 2010 09:49 am 10

This is the bill that the American Intruding-into-Your-Family Association claims will require American children be indoctrinated into homosexual sex acts, methods, and scenes right in their elementary school classrooms, right?

DonWilliams | Saturday May 22, 2010 02:10 am 11
In response to medicinecat @ 8

This makes no sense at all, but it’s always easier to smear someone that try to understand them. How sad that you took the low road.

I would suspect that Rand Paul would strongly oppose discrimination by public schools but allow private schools the freedom to do what they want.

You see, freedom is one of those things where people like to exercise it themselves, but get all up in arms when others want to exercise their freedom.

DonWilliams | Saturday May 22, 2010 02:14 am 12

“Franken, DFL-Minn., says he and others are still working on how the law would actually define discrimination against gay and lesbian students. But he says people will know it when they see it.”

Just what we don’t need–more half-baked feel-good legislation.

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