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By NATALIE GOTT, AP

 

AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 5) - The State Board of Education approved health textbooks for Texas high school and middle school students Friday, after publishers changed the wording in their books to reflect marriage as being between a man and a woman.

 

The Board of Education decision could affect many states because books sold in Texas, the nation's second-largest textbook buyer, often are marketed elsewhere.

 

A day earlier some board members had argued that health textbooks should not contain "asexual stealth phrases" such as "individuals who marry" instead of husbands and wives.

 

"I want the reader, the child to know that marriage is between a man and a woman," Republican board member Terri Leo said in a written statement released during a board meeting Thursday.

 

The decision could affect dozens of states because books sold in Texas, the nation's second-largest textbook buyer, often are marketed elsewhere.

 

Board member Mary Helen Berlanga asked the panel to approve the books without the changes.

 

"We're not supposed to make changes at somebody's whim," Berlanga said. "It's a political agenda, and we're not here to follow a political agenda."

 

The elected board has 10 Republicans and five Democrats.

 

Randall Ellis, executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, said Leo was asserting a religious right agenda into students' textbooks.

 

"My bottom line opinion is it's irresponsible," Ellis said. "There comes a time when you need to put your own agenda aside and do what's best for youth."

 

 

11/05/04 13:56 EST

 

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.

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Yes, that committee has been a thorn in our sides for years. So much so that I was very much heartened to read that the committee chair is hardly the only member of the committee who totally disagrees with this woman. Let's not assume that the committee's vote is already decided, shall we?

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>By NATALIE GOTT, AP

>

>AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 5) - The State Board of Education approved

>health textbooks for Texas high school and middle school

>students Friday, after publishers changed the wording in their

>books to reflect marriage as being between a man and a woman.

 

>11/05/04 13:56 EST

 

 

Here is another 'beacon of hope' for our country, just like what our administration sees in Iraq.

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FFF - Legal marriage, or religious marriage? Maverick and I are very glad that our denomination believes in same sex marriage. We also have friends who have been to jurisdictions where it is legal, as well. And we recognize their marriages. And we pray for the day that the United States as a whole decides that Religious Freedom includes ours. Thank you for asking.

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