Oregon Prohibition of Public School Instruction on Homosexual Behaviors, Measure 9 (2000)

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The Oregon Prohibition of Public School Instruction on Homosexual Behaviors Amendment, also known as Measure 9, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have prohibited public schools from encouraging, promoting, sanctioning or instructing on homosexual or bisexual behaviors.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 9 (2000)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No788,69152.89%
Yes 702,572 47.11%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Prohibits Public School Instruction Encouraging, Promoting, Sanctioning Homosexual, Bisexual Behaviors[2]

Proponents

Lon T. Mabon and Phillip Z. Ramsdell

Support

[3] Supporters ranged from religious groups and individuals who believe homosexuality to be wrong to those who did not consider themselves to be anti-gay, but agreed that the measure rightly keeps pro-gay teachings out of schools. Some had no problem with the discussion of homosexuality in schools, as long as it was not portrayed in a positive way.

Concerned Citizens for Sound Education argued that citizens have a right to determine the type of ciriculum they support through their tax dollars and compared the issue of teaching about homosexualty to that of teaching one's religious viewpoint in school.

Many supporters argued that schools should simply leave the teaching of sex and sexuality to parents and keep the discussion out of schools completely.

Chief petitioner, Lon T. Mabon and The Oregon Citizens Alliance argued that even teaching "diversity" puts homosexuality in a wrongfully positive light, saying, "The teaching of "diversity" elevates homosexuality from being an immoral sexual expression to that of being a newly created minority. Just that easy."

A group of Oregon teachers and administrators in favor of Measure 9 argued that the measure is not discriminatory against gays, maintaining that, "It does not oppose gay or lesbian teachers, or students.," but added that "Measure 9 protects children from adult attempts to indoctrinate them into believing that homosexuality is natural, inherited and good, and that children should act out any homosexual urges."

Many religious groups and rallied around the measure.

Opposition

[4] Many who opposed the measure aruged that there was no curriculum in Oregon public schools that "encourages or promotes" homosexuality or bisexuality, an opinion which the supporters blatantly disgareed with.

Many opposed, such as the Oregon PTA, the Oregon Pediatric Society, Planned Parenthood, and others, argued that vital information would be taken away from students if the measure passed, such as "access to all health education related to sexuality including abstinence, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV/AIDS. It would deny all students information they need to make responsible, healthy choices...[and] counseling or support programs for all adolescent students, making it even more difficult for teenagers to come to terms with their sexuality."

Many opposed simply considered the measure to be discriminatory towards homosexuals. The League of Women Voters called the initiative "another attempt to bring divisiveness into our society."

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