I tire of keeping the gay rights agenda front and center. Perhaps I should not, but I do. I tend to be rather libertarian on the issue, but, like abortion, it’s just something I’d rather close my eyes to and not discuss. In any event, OnlineAthens.com is discussing the coming legislative session.
This year, issues involving gays and lesbians are expected to once again play a prominent role in the General Assembly. State legislation requiring students to get parental permission before signing up for most extracurricular activities – widely seen as something aimed at clubs that encourage friendships between gay and straight students – almost certainly will get a hearing when the legislature reconvenes in January.
And some gay-rights advocates are worried that this sessions also will see a proposal banning adoption by gays and lesbians. They are mobilizing to try to beat back measures that supporters call “pro-family” and opponents call “anti-gay” that have passed the legislature by strong margins.
It is the kind of struggle Chuck Bowen, the head of the most prominent gay-rights group in Georgia, has gotten used to.