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Bill 44: Alberta allows bigot parents to substitute gay bashing for education


OUTRAGE. Rob Wells at the June 1 protest. While Bill 44 adds sexual orientation to the province's human rights act, many argue that the "parental rights" clause threatens lessons on sex and sexual orientation in the province's classrooms.  (Ted Kerr photo)

Alberta became the last Canadian province to recognize sexual orientation under its human rights provisions.  Alberta's gay bashing is well entrenched.  After all, over 11 years ago a teacher in Alberta, Delwin Vriend was dismissed because he is gay.  This led to the landmark ruling Vriend vs. Alberta, in which the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that each province is compelled to add 'sexual orientation' to its own human rights act.

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