Groups trying to repeal Maine’s same-sex marriage law say that if the repeal vote fails, public schools will be forced to include homosexuality and same-sex marriage in their curriculums. Education officials counter that there is no legal or policy basis for that
argument. But will gay relationships naturally find their way into classroom discussions more often if same-sex marriages become more commonplace? Should younger children be shielded from knowledge about homosexuality? What harm would that knowledge cause? Should parents be notified before such discussions occur? Is it practical to do so? What if parents want to have their children opt out of discussions of the civil rights movement or the Holocaust?