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Senate Bill Would Change Wording in Sex Ed Curriculum

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RALEIGH — A senate bill may change the state's sex education law, opening doors that some parents think should stay closed.

Right now, middle school students get sex education in their health classes. Teachers can only stress abstinence until marriage as the only correct sexual activity.

A proposal in the state senate eliminates the reference to having only heterosexual, married sexual behavior. The language would be changed to saying that the only correct sexual behavior is sex within a "monogamous relationship."

The intent is to allow local schools to decide what to tell their students.

The bill first must go before the Education Committee. A similar bill failed in 1999.


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