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Arizona House votes to repeal HIV/AIDS instruction law

April 10, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a move by Arizona lawmakers to repeal a law barring HIV education that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle.” (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The Arizona House has approved the repeal of a 1991 law barring HIV and AIDS instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle” following the filing of a lawsuit by LGBT groups.

Wednesday’s action sends the measure to the Senate and comes a day after Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich declined to join in defending the suit filed last month against the state’s Board of Education and schools chief.

The 1991 law also prohibits HIV and AIDS instruction that “portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle” or “suggests that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.”

The lawsuit says the law stigmatizes LGBT students.

Republican state Rep. T.J. Shope sponsored the repeal amendment and called the law “antiquated.”

Gay legislators celebrated the legislation in emotional, sometimes deeply personal speeches.

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12:30 p.m.

Arizona lawmakers are expected to begin the process of repealing a 1991 law that bars HIV and AIDS instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle” following the filing of a lawsuit by LGBT groups.

Wednesday’s planned action in the state House comes a day after Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich declined to join in defending the suit filed last month against the state’s Board of Education and schools chief.

The 1991 law also prohibits HIV and AIDS instruction that “portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle” or “suggests that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.”

The lawsuit says the law stigmatizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and is discriminatory.

Republican state Rep. T.J. Shope plans to carry the repeal and calls the 1991 law “antiquated.”