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Judge rejects lawsuit against sex-education curriculum

By The Associated Press
02.15.08

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Montgomery County school system can continue teaching new sex-education lessons to middle and high school students, according to a recent ruling by a county judge.

Circuit Judge William Rowan III upheld a decision last year by the Maryland State Board of Education that it should not second-guess whether the county's curriculum was appropriate.

The decision, dated Jan. 31, dismissed a legal challenge from religious conservative groups that have fought revisions to the county's sex education lessons for six years. Those groups have said the lessons do not give enough credence to people who believe homosexuality is a sin.

The lawsuit, argued by the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thomas More Law Center, claimed the county was illegally teaching that homosexuality was innate and that a reference to anal intercourse violated state prohibitions on discussing "erotic techniques" in class.


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