A pro-family values group has been successful in getting legislation introduced in the Massachusetts legislature that would expand parental notification rights.
Brian Camenker of MassResistance explains that the bill (H439) would update the current parental notification law that was drafted back in the 1990s by the Parents' Rights Coalition (now MassResistance). According to Camenker, homosexual issues weren't addressed in the earlier law because no one could have foreseen the homosexual lifestyle being promoted in public schools.
"It didn't address the sort of sleazy ways that they do things," he says. "It didn't anticipate that schools would purposely try to confuse parents about opting out."
MassResistance says "loopholes" and "limitations" in the 1996 law have effectively rendered it ineffective. Among those, he says, is the "opt-out" mechanism that school officials have found various ways to subvert – and that's why the new bill requires that parents would have to "opt-in" their children to school-sponsored pro-homosexual events and activities.
"Every other kind of elective is opt-in, other than the absolutely required stuff. So why should this be opt-out?" he asks.
Camenker says homosexual activists in Boston have reacted "hysterically" when the opt-in requirement has been introduced in the past – and he expects a similar reaction with this bill.