Earlier this summer, several parents stopped by to see me at
the Capitol. They brought with them examples of printed materials
being used in some of the nation's elementary and secondary public
schools to advocate homosexuality as a positive lifestyle
Federal funds, they reported, support the use of those
publications as instructional materials in the schools.
As we talked, I looked at the materials.
Two books, "Daddy's Roommate" and "Heather Has Two Mommies,"
are designed to promote homosexuality and same-sex parenting to 3-
to 8-year-olds. An illustration in "A Kid's First Playbook About
Sex," aimed at the same age group, depicts a child daydreaming and
asks him to "write down some daydreams about a person or some
people you may want to have sex with when you grow up." This is a
book for 3-year-olds!
Other pamphlets, such as "Young, Gay, and Proud" and "1 in 10,"
are aimed at teen-age schoolchildren. The most explicit pictures
and language were contained in the "Safer Sex Handbook for
Lesbians" and "Listen Up" by the Gay Men's Health Crisis; these are
more like homosexual sex manuals for teen-agers than educational
The language in these pamphlets describes acts of sex not found
in most medical textbooks; and much of it is too graphic and
obscene to describe in a family newspaper.
On March 18, 1994, The Washington Times ran a story headlined,
"New York City AIDS Forum Leaves Parents Horrified." The article
"The New York City Youth AIDS conference that impressed AIDS
Czar Kristine Gebbie outraged parents with distribution of fliers
on anal sex and other homosexual practices to children as young as
12. The Feb. 12 conference at New York University Medical Center
was sponsored by the New York Department of Education."
Mary Cummins, a school board member from that district, said
she examined the materials and was horrified.
As a former public school teacher and school board chairman,
and as a parent of three children, I was shocked that such
publications would be distributed to our children.
This egregious use of tax dollars prompted me to offer an
amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act,
prohibiting federal funds to any local educational agency that
implements a "program or activity" that promotes or advocates
homosexuality as a positive lifestyle.
When I offered my amendment, I invited my Senate colleagues to
stop by my desk to review the materials because I could not show
the publications' obscene illustrations, or quote their lewd
language, during nationally televised Senate proceedings. …