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Pushback grows as states require LGBTQ history

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Illinois recently became the fourth state to adopt a policy requiring public schools to teach students about the contributions of LGBTQ people to society, and Maryland is primed to become the fifth.

While advocacy groups say the curriculum promotes inclusion and acceptance, but some faith-based and conservative groups call it a government overreach that ignores some families’ religious beliefs.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights advocacy group, has been championing the lessons that highlight the accomplishments and struggles of LGBTQ people throughout history.

“There’s something so important about seeing yourself reflected,” said Sarah Warbelow of the Human Rights Campaign. “Ultimately, we really do need every state to incorporate LGBTQ history.”

Her organization was expecting pushback, and it’s getting it.

“I think this is really an abuse and a corruption of the educational process,” said Peter Sprigg of the conservative Family Research Council, calling the lessons “political propaganda.”

“Young students who receive these one-sided lessons would be receiving a distorted view of history,” he said.

He said his organization will fight to keep states from adopting the policy.

Lawmakers in six states, including Alabama and Louisiana, have already gone further than that, passing laws that ban classes that “promote homosexuality.”

But the Human Rights Campaign argues the decisions should be made at the local level and it hopes individual districts will ultimately decide to add the LGBTQ lessons.

“You can do with that information as you chose, but we’re not going to refuse to allow children have access to information,” Warbelow said.

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Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.

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