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.”

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.

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Alaska joins 23-states in supporting parents’ right to pull kids from LGBTQ classes

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    Thank you, Lord for miracles!!! This class action lawsuit that our Attorney General Tregg Taylor has joined is taking us in the right direction.
    Jon noted that Christians are supposed to be included in the list of a protected categories within the Civil Rights Act. Christian children are not to be discriminated against. Opting out is an important beginning of the end of this anti-family movement. Removing the curriculum should be the endgame through more lawsuits. Also, the librarians and districts who are lobbying to introduce children to pornographic books need to be challenged. In Fairbanks former school board member and his wife discovered the harmful books in a public school library. When he challenged the librarians and suggested they be defunded, the librarians used Facebook to blast him and demean him publicly. No disciplinary action was taken by the school board to correct their behavior. These lawless actions are “contributing to the delinquency of minor children.” Being exposed to pornography in the school books being purchased with taxpayer money may cause serious addiction not easily detected or healed. In the most recent IMPRIMUS, Christopher Rufo exposes this anti-American, anti-parent, anti-traditional values movement with instructions to exclude parents, started in 2008 . (Hillsdale College) September 2023, Volume 52, Number 9, “Inside the Transgender Empire” by Christopher F. Rufo. (You can access IMPRIMUS this publication on facebook.)

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Jon and Ruth you all sound like great folks! Why is Treg Taylor standing around watching the library fiasco that these young children are being exposed to? To me it’s intolerable! I cannot undo the damage that is being done to these kids while the leaders stand by scratching their heads and dreaming of their next destination for vacation! We are being undermined by our leaders and a collapse is coming!

    • SA says:

      Jon and Ruth : Are you talking about Matthew Sampson and his wife Jennifer Sampson? If you are, you are spreading disinformation. Although there was plenty of anti-Sampson discourse on Facebook–we even started a FB group called “Matt Must Go”–there were many, many, many non-librarians who agitated against Sampson. True there was a handful of librarians, but the majority of members of the anti-Matthew movement were writers, teachers, parents, community members, religious leaders, and a smattering of local politicians. I do not recall Sampson calling for librarians to be defunded; I rarely missed a school board meeting, but on the off chance that I missed his call for defunding, could you share the date of the meeting where this occurred?

      This past October, Fairbanks voters resoundingly voted against incumbent school board member April Smith who made outrageous calls for state-level censorship not only of school libraries, but also public libraries. Incumbent Maggie Matheson who was a closet book banner and anti-LGBTQ hate-monger, only revealed her stripes the day after she lost the election in a hateful post full of vile and false lies against her opponent. Fairbanks also voted against Michael Humphrey–aka Walrus Man–also because of his anti-LGBTQ hate speech.

      Fairbanks parents and the Fairbanks community at large are opposed to the radical right’s agenda to force their religious views on school children, including the right’s hate mongering against some of our most vulnerable children. The Sampsons are great illustrations about how religious zealotry will not be tolerated in our community.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Well that is encouraging. This foolishness is even making inroads into the Matsu valley school district. Parents need to be vigilant.

  • John J Otness says:

    Pull the LgBS from our society… They had their chance to live in peace but they chose war on our Children… enough is enough….

  • V says:

    Finally!!! Prayers have been answered!

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    At least one person in Alaska’s government has a brain. Thank you Mr. Authority General. I’m waiting to see how the Mat-Valley voted today. Did they hold true or buckle under like a bunch of whipped noodles.

  • Clark says:

    It’s telling how transphobic Joel really is. When he describes a story about a historically notable person who was transgender as ‘transgender promoting’. Lets see how this sounds….does he think a book describing black people who made history should be called ‘black promoting’? Is a story about a successful Jewish person ‘Jew promoting’? Should a schoolbook describing how to dissect a frog be called ‘Frogicide promoting’? No. Of course not. He only says it because he hates the very notion that trans people exist and that they are made in Gods image just as he is. And that they do Gods good work on this Earth just like other people do.

  • Bob Logan says:

    What does sexual preference have to do with anything? What sense would it make to have notable astronomers who liked reverse cow girl position or had a foot fetish? When you demand sexual preference be brought into a discussion of science, history, math – it shows there is something wrong with you. Oh well, that’s why our kids can do math and science so much better than those in the government school indoctrination centers.