Dustin Kight

MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty Vetoes Safe Schools Bill

Filed By Dustin Kight | May 31, 2009 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Living, Living, Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: bullying, Family Equality Council, Gov. Pawlenty, Minnesota, safe schools, tim pawlenty

Nearly one week ago, Minnesota Governor (and rising GOP star/presidential hopeful) Tim Pawlenty vetoed the "Safe Schools for All" bill, a long overdue update to the state's anti-bullying and harassment laws governing schools. Anyone familiar with Pawlenty's politics might shrug and say, "So? What'd you expect?"

A lot, actually, especially after every major education organization in the state joined the bill's +40 member coalition (the MN Safe Schools for All Coalition), bipartisan majorities in both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature voted for it, and the Governor's Office had already requested (and received) compromises to the bill!

The Coalition is now calling on Minnesotans to sign a petition making clear their support of comprehensive safe schools policies, and also to contact the Governor directly expressing their outrage. Click here to learn more and see how you can get involved to support our youth! Join the Facebook group to help spread the word.

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christophe | May 31, 2009 4:17 PM

what possible reasoning could this bigot have for not signing such a logically responsible bill? I'm just curious as to what is justification could possibly be? Does he think by supporting a bill that will help defend "children" that somehow makes him a gay sympathizer? I just don't get these nuts.

I agree, Christophe. I don't get the logic behind not protecting all kids...

I'm guessing Rush Limbaugh called him and told him to do it.

So Pawlenty demanded—and got—changes, then vetoed it anyway? Was this bill a talking point in the right wing media, or something?

Once you have been born, you might be a liberal or a gay or a lesbian or (horror upon horror!) transsexual or intersexed. Before birth you are sacred life. It's only a matter of time before one of these idiots gets the idea in his head that menstruation means a human egg was not quickened and thus a precious potential Republican rightwing fundie life was not made possible so every woman is guilty of murder for not getting pregnant every time possible.