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Activists Suing Utah Over Sex Ed Curriculum

Utah LGBT activists are suing to strike down a state law that bans what it calls advocacy of homosexuality in the classroom, one of several such measures around the country.

The lawsuit filed against the Utah State Board of Education Monday says the 2001 measure aimed at sexual education classes has been broadly interpreted and discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. It says the law allows bullying by barring school officials from telling other kids it's OK to be gay.

National Center for Lesbian Rights lawyer Christopher Stoll says it's the first lawsuit challenging such laws since the U.S. Supreme ruling on same-sex marriage.

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He said Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas have similar laws.

The Utah State Board of Education and Utah Attorney General declined comment.