Tuesday, February 5, 2013

strong pro-family bills in Mass. Legislature!


Date: February 5, 2013

MassResistance Update

Pro-family activism

"In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
- George Orwell

1. Fighting back: MassResistance files strong pro-family bills in Mass. Legislature to protect children, parents and citizens. Bipartisan support among state reps.

2. What you can do to make this happen!

4. Fundraising update.

1. Fighting back: MassResistance files strong pro-family bills in Mass. Legislature to protect children, parents and citizens. Bipartisan support among state reps. (See bills below.)

Around the country, most pro-family energy in state legislatures is spent trying to stop bad anti-family bills filed by the homosexual lobby (and similar special interests).

Being proactive -- not just reacting

But in Massachusetts, as the new legislative session begins, MassResistance is being proactive. We have filed and will support several very strong (i.e., not watered-down!) pro-family bills that are badly needed to give rights back to parents and citizens, and to stop the increasingly militant homosexual and transgender movement targeting their children in the schools.

Ever since we wrote and organized the passage of the Parental Notification law (Ch. 71, Sec. 32A) back in 1995 (signed by Gov. Bill Weld in 1996), we have understood the vital need to keep the pressure on and not back down. Real progress is not made in these struggles by just reacting.

We also have learned that "moderately" written pro-family bills are usually a waste of time, because there are so many loopholes and weaknesses there would be little if any improvement, and with no greater chance of passage. It's just an illusion. We believe that with sufficient public outrage, this is the year that may bring more success.

Broad support from State Reps for protecting parents and citizens

Several of these bills have attracted broad support, with sponsors and co-sponsors from both Republicans and Democrats, and from both from the House and Senate. This shows that even in Massachusetts, legislators in both parties recognize the common-sense rights of parents and citizens.

Those of you in other states (or other countries) who are reading this will find that some of these bills (especially #1 and #2) are applicable and needed where you live. We encourage you to use them as models.

Parents and citizens helped us get it done!

As you can imagine, most of this didn't happen without a lot of hard work. A big THANK YOU to parents and citizens across the Commonwealth who lobbied hard to get sponsors and co-sponsors in the Legislature for these important bills, as well as several key legislators who helped us inside the State House.

Here are the seven bills that were filed this past month:

See the full text of all the bills HERE

(Except where noted, all of these bills were written by MassResistance and filed on our behalf. Also note that the bills only have "docket numbers" now ("HD"). They will be assigned official bill numbers by the Legislature in the coming weeks.)


1. Effective Parents' Rights Opt-In Bill

Official title: An Act Regarding Parental Notification and Consent.
Docket #: HD3179
Sponsor: Rep. Matthew Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) Co-sponsors: Reps. Peter Durant (R-Spencer), James Miceli (D-Wilmington), Thomas Calter (D-Kingston), Keiko Orrall (R-Lakeville), Randy Hunt (R-East Sandwich), Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton)

What it does: This bill amends the current parental notification law, Ch. 71 Sec. 32A, written by Parents' Rights Coalition (now MassResistance), expanding upon it and modernizing it to address current conditions. This includes: (1) expanding the range of subjects covered from merely "human sexuality issues" which is poorly defined, to include specific issues actually introduced to children in Massachusetts schools; (2) granting parents the "opt-in" option (similar to other curricula in the schools) instead of "opt-out", which has proven unworkable; and (3) removing the Department of Education as the arbiter of disputes.

The bill will effectively help parents deal with the LBGT agenda in the schools by giving parents the right to decide what their children are introduced to regarding sexuality, homosexuality, transgenderism, and similar issues which are now being presented to children in schools across the state. The current notification law does not work and makes it difficult, intimidating, and embarrassing for parents and children in the areas where it does apply. This bill is very specific rather than vague to avoid creating loopholes, which has happened with the current law. More importantly, it changes the current "opt-out" to "opt-in" -- like every other elective in the schools. (Currently, "sexuality" is the only opt-out subject in school curricula.)

Why it's needed: The current law, passed in 1996, has loopholes, unworkable sections, and limitations that have rendered it ineffective. The vagueness of the current law has been cited in court cases as giving schools the leeway to expose a broad range of often graphic sexual, homosexual, and transgender subjects to kids -- even in elementary school -- without parents' knowledge or consent. In recent years this has expanded from "curriculum," into counseling sessions, assemblies, special events, inplanned "teachable moments," and student "gay" clubs -- which the current law does not cover.

This situation has become extremely frustrating to parents. For example, in 2006 David Parker, father of a kindergartner, brought a federal civil rights case against the Town of Lexington regarding presenting of homosexual and transgender issues to their 6-year-old son without their knowledge or consent. After nearly three years, the federal judge ruled against them because of the limitations of the current law. Schools have used that ruling to accelerate the homosexual and transgender programs in K-12, free to ignore parents' wishes and religious beliefs.

The "opt-out" mechanism in the current law is easily subverted by school officials in various ways: The schools publish the notifications in unusual places; they make the process onerous and inconvenient for parents; they make it embarrassing and humiliating for children to be taken out of the classes.  Opt-in is the only fair approach.

Also in the current law, the Department of Education is the arbiter of disputes; that has proven to be a complete disaster because the bureaucrats in the (pro-LGBT) DOE invariably side with the schools over parents. Thus, parents across the state have demanded more rights and protections.

To our knowledge, this is the most effective bill of its kind ever introduced in the US. Unfortunately, homosexual groups in Boston have reacted hysterically when this bill was introduced in the past -- and we predict a similar reaction this time!

2. Protect children from intrusive school surveys on personal issues

Official title: An act regarding surveys in public schools schools.
Docket #: HD2794
Sponsors: Reps. Keiko Orrall (R-Lakeville), Colleen Garry (D-Dracut); Co-sponsors: Thomas Calter (D-Kingston), Peter Durant (R-Spencer), Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), Randy Hunt (R-East Sandwich), Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge)

What it does: Requires parental notification and consent for questionnaires, surveys, and similar evaluations given to schoolchildren regarding certain private, personal and family issues.

Why it's needed: Currently, thousands of students in middle schools and high schools are asked to fill out surveys on private, personal issues without their parents' knowledge or consent. The surveys include questions about heterosexual and homosexual activity, sexual orientation, drug use, criminal activity, personal questions about family members, suicidal feelings and attempts, violence, etc. See some sample questions HERE. (Note: Most states are administering similar surveys.)

A major concern has been the psychologically intrusive nature of these surveys, which radical groups use to soften childrens' perceptions of dangerous activities. For example, a battery of questions asking "how many times" a child has engaged in certain sex acts or drug use may make the child believe he is abnormal if he is not doing it at all.

And by using leading questions, the surveys also create misleading "statistics" to persuade politicians to design state policies around, and to give radical special interest groups more taxpayer money for school programs. The surveys are not scientifically grounded –- relying on self-reporting by teenagers -– yet are being used to design state policies.

Many of these are administered by the Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) and the Dept. of Public Health (Mass. Youth Health Survey). About 9,000 students took the state surveys in 2011. In addition, many local school systems administer these (or similar) surveys on their own. This bill would make all such surveys "opt-in" by parents.

This bill would also prevent school personnel from administering similar individual "mental health screenings" without parental consent.

3. Repeal the "Buffer Zone" Law

Official title: An Act restoring free speech and public access.
Docket #: HD1791
Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica)

What it does: It amends the law which created the 35-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics.

Why it's needed: This outrageous law was passed specifically to stop pro-life speech and dissemination of information to women considering abortions. It restricts people with a pro-life message from using public streets and sidewalks around abortion clinics and provides fines and jail time to violators. Among other problems, the law is widely reviled as an unconstitutional restriction of the First Amendment's free speech protections in public places. And it sets a dangerous precedent for the curtailing of speech related to a specific issue.

4. Eliminate the "Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth"

Official title: Relative to the protection of parents and children
Docket #: HD3195
Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica)

What it does: It repeals the law which created the "Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth". That law was passed in a particularly dishonest manner -- as a budget item in 2006, in order to avoid having to hold a public hearing and normal debate -- because of the extremely offensive and controversial nature of this Commission.

This Commission includes homosexual and transgender activists from across the state who work unsupervised with public school children K-12 designing and leading homosexual and transgender related programs events in schools and off campus. The commission advances homosexual, bisexual, and transgender programs in the public schools (including "Gay-Straight Alliance" clubs in middle and high schools) and also directs teens to GLBT advocacy and support groups (BAGLY, GLSEN, PFLAG, GLAD). The horrible things this Commission has done with children are almost beyond description.

Why it's needed: Many of these Commission-promoted activities are extremely graphic, explicit, and dangerous, and often include other homosexual, transgender, and even sadomasochist activists mingling with kids. There is no oversight to this commission, and their activities over the last few years have outraged parents and even public officials. In 2010 one adult commission member was arrested for soliciting homosexual sex from a minor. Earlier, another commissioner faced accusations of soliciting sex from college students. In 2009, the Commission even had "Mr. Boston Leather" (a homosexual sadomasochist) greet teens (and hand out his "business card") at the BAGLY prom ending Youth Pride Day. 

Other examples of the many events with children by Commission members include this "Youth Pride" parade and the distribution of this dangerous flyer, along with homosexual condoms.

Incredibly, this state-funded Commission directs millions of dollars of taxpayer money. While $100K of state funding in FY2013 is earmarked specifically for the Commission (staffed mostly by volunteer LGBT activists), most of their efforts are funded in larger unspecified amounts and implemented via the Departments of Education and Public Health and other state agencies. One of its member sub-groups, BAGLY, also receives separate funding.

Thus, in addition to its work with schools, the Commission advocates and coordinates radical GLBT programs throughout many state agencies. No other state has such a commission, and Massachusetts should not, either. 

5. Repeal the Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes law.

Official title: Relative to the term "gender identity" in the General Laws.
Docket #: HD1223
Sponsors: Reps. Jim Lyons (R-Andover), Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica); Co-sponsors: Alan Silvia (D-Fall River), Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleborough), Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick), Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), Angelo D'Emilia (R-Bridgewater), Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman), Peter Durant (R-Spencer), Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), Paul Frost (R-Auburn), Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk), Brad Jones (R-North Reading), Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge), James Miceli (D-Wilmington), Shaunna O'Connell (R-Taunton), Keiko Orrall (R-Lakeville), David Vieira (R-East Falmouth), Colleen Garry (D-Dracut)

What it does: It repeals the recently passed Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes law.

Why it's needed: This law was rushed through in Nov. 2011 with no substantial debate. Among other things, it says employers, landlords, and a broad range of other entities may not discriminate on the basis of "gender identity." This includes cross-dressing men and women who have often undergone body mutilation surgery, breast enlargement, and hormone treatments (for women to grow facial hair). Fines and penalties may be levied by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination against violators.

It also applies to the public schools (and it is already in force), requiring them to treat boys dressing as girls as if they were actually girls -- including use of female locker rooms and rest rooms, and participation on girls' athletic teams -- and vice versa. Schools can't refuse to employ a teacher for cross-dressing (or transitioning) on the job. There are fines and/or punishment for anybody who complains or speaks out against transgenderism.

Note: We originally submitted different text for this bill. But Reps. Lyons and Lombardo had apparently already written this text, which is actually more specific. So when they filed this one we helped get co-sponsors for it.

6. Remove exemption of schools from anti-pornography laws

Official title: An Act Relative to Protecting Children from Harm in Schools.
Docket #: HD1278
Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica)

What it does: It removes the exemption of schools from laws regarding obscenity ("materials harmful to minors").

Why it's needed: In recent years public schools across Massachusetts have been distributing (and assigning) materials to children that are graphic, explicit depictions of sexual and homosexual activities which would legally be considered pornography. If a parent gave these to his child he could face arrest and prosecution.

One well-known example is the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky which has been assigned in a number of schools across the state. The book contains graphic descriptions of children engaging in, among other things: Sexual acts between teenagers, anal sex between two boys, male masturbation, oral sex, homosexual acts between men and boys, sex between a boy and a dog, female masturbation using an object. This is one of many such books assigned to kids and put into school libraries. Parents have demanded that their children be protected from such material in the public schools.

Note: Our original version of this bill was slightly different. A version filed last session by Rep. Vinnie deMacedo included two more sections which are very useful, so we decided to also include those here.

7. Remove exemption of Legislature from open meeting laws

Official title: An Act relative to the Open Meeting Law.
Docket #: HD1160
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Hill (R-Ipswich); Co-sponsors: Reps: Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleborough), Sheila Harrington (R-Groton), Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), Sens: Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Richard Ross (R-Wrentham)

What it does: It removes the exemption of the Legislature and its committees, bodies, and commissions from the state's open meeting laws.

The legislature excludes itself and its committees, bodies and commissions from the state's open meeting laws, primarily discussed in Sections 18 to 25 of Chapter 30 of the Mass. General Laws.

Why it's needed: This has been a source of outrage and frustration over the years to citizens who want open and transparent government. There is no logical reason that all local and county government bodies should be held to these standards, but not the state bodies. Thus, state bodies do not have to post notice of their meetings, and they can ban taping of their meetings by the public -- unlike local and county government bodies.

In particular, commissions such as the Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth regularly ban recording of their public meetings, do not sufficiently provide notice, hold their meetings in places inconvenient to the general public, and intimidate citizens by requiring them to present identification when attending.

Note: We had written a bill with the identical text, but Rep. Hill had already filed this one. So we helped get co-sponsors for it.

 We will keep you informed on the status of these bills, and when they get actual bill numbers.

Two girls at an off-campus "Youth Pride" event put on by members of the Commission for GLBT Youth. Kids were bussed from their schools to attend. Parents rarely have any idea these events are even going on.
[MassResistance photo]


2. What you can do to make this happen!

If you live in Massachusetts, the work is only beginning. This is a great opportunity to make the first positive pro-family change in years. But you can also be sure that the homosexual & transgender lobby, the abortion lobby, and other special interest lobbies will use whatever intimidating and dishonest tactics they can in the Statehouse to deny you of your rights.

This won't happen by itself.

If you are willing to get involved, even if in a small way, please contact us right away! From phone calling to organizing and more, there's a lot you can do to help make this happen.

Contact us if you want to get involved.




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