Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor has signed onto a 23-state amicus brief in support of Maryland parents who are suing a school district that prohibits them from opting their children out of highly controversial LGBTQ classes.
The lawsuit, Mahmoud v. McKnight, claims that the Montgomery County School Board is violating both the U.S. Constitution and state law by barring parental opt-outs for classes that push the LGBTQ agenda. Furthermore, the suit notes that Maryland has laws on the books which have been around for decades to safeguard parents’ “fundamental right to raise and educate their children as they see fit.”
Currently before the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the case involves three families who, for religious reasons, are seeking to protect their kids from being exposed to LGBT books.
Controversy arose when the school district decided to mandate that all children – K-5th grade – be exposed to LGBTQ affirming books in language arts classes. These titles include: “Prince and Knight,” which features a male knight and a prince who fall in “love” and get “married,” “Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People Who Made History,” and the transgender promoting story “Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope.”
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At first, the district permitted parents opt kids out of the reading assignments, but they later reversed this decision and began mandating the books for all children in an effort to make every classroom “inclusive and safe spaces for students” who identify as LGBTQ.
A federal judge rejected the lawsuit in August, prompting the current appeal to the 4th Circuit.
The 23 state attorneys general who support the parents, include members from Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.