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Published on Apr 18, 2012
At a Senate debate against her primary opponent Greg Sowards at the Otero County GOP meeting on April 12, 2012, New Mexico Senate candidate Heather Wilson attacked Senate Bill 555, the Anti-Discrimination Act.
Heather Wilson: Senate Bill 555 was introduced in the Senate by Al Franken. It's hard for me to think of a bill that I'd be likely to agree with him on, maybe there is one but this one certainly isn't. It's called the anti-discrimination act and that's a misnomer. It is a act that would criminalize harassment or bullying in schools...of...of a...of children who...uh...mm...who are gay or who-it criminalizes bullying. It basically makes federal funding dependent on school board policies that will not tolerate bullying of people based on their sexual orientation or uh...uh..uh, you know even when kids are below puberty. I mean if somebody gets bullied for having gosh a low voice, that's never happened to me or a...but I think one of the things I don't support the act because I think it's misplaced. They're are things I'm willing to tolerate that I'm not willing to approve. With respect to this particular agenda we have to recognize as parents that children tease each other because you're short or you're tall or you're a redhead or because you're ugly or because you're smart or because you're dumb or all kinds of differences and as parents we have to deal with that and strengthen our children to be comfortable with themselves and also to show empathy and acceptance towards others but that particular act is so broad it would actually punish children and say that it's prohibited to express an opinion with respect to homosexuality in the schools...um I just think that's wrong and it's a violation of the first amendment.