Democrat Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs has vetoed Senate Bill 1696, which aims to prohibit teachers from using school spaces to “film or facilitate” sexual activities.
The bill was introduced after two teachers were fired for making sexually explicit videos for their Only Fans accounts on school grounds.
“I have vetoed SB 1696,” Governor Hobbs wrote in an update. “While I agree that not all content is appropriate for minors, this bill is a poor way to address those concerns. The sponsor has stated that this bill was aimed at preventing a specific action from reoccurring, while in reality it is written in such a vague manner that it serves as little more than a thinly veiled effort to ban books.” (RELATED: Watch “Groomed,”The Daily Caller’s latest documentary on transgender activists grooming schoolchildren for transition)
The legislation includes language which would ban “sexually explicit” materials, including those that are “textual, visual or audio.” School districts around the country are moving to ban sexually explicit content from their classrooms, including many books dealing with LGBTQ issues and sexual acts.
The language of the bill specifically bans “sexual conduct” on school grounds, as well as depictions across all mediums of “sexual excitement” and “ultimate sexual acts.” It defines sexual excitement as “the condition of human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal” and ultimate sexual acts as “sexual intercourse, vaginal or anal, fellatio, cunnilingus, bestiality or sodomy.”
The language would indeed prevent public school libraries and curriculums from syndicating certain books adherents to the gender ideology movement considered important for children to read, such as “Gender Queer,” which contains graphic images of boys masturbating and performing oral sex on other men, and “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” which contains graphic depictions of sexual encounters involving minors.
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Republican State Senator Jake Hoffman, who sponsored the bill, called Hobbs’ veto “sickening.”
“These should be safe spaces for our kids to learn in, not venues for the sexually explicit adult entertainment industry.”
President Joe Biden has bemoaned the moves, referring to them as “book bans.” Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation Of Teachers (AFT) has also criticized “banning” of books, tweeting out a list that was later proven to be false.
PEN America, a literary human rights organization, released a list of banned books which contained material that is no longer banned or was never banned in the first place. (Trans Activists, Anti-Child Castration Groups Draw Battle Lines Around Definition Of ‘Child Abuse’)