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Arkansas House Committee adopts the Given Name Act after revisions



Little Rock, Arkansas – A bill that would permit public school instructors to decline to use their students’ chosen pronouns was revised and approved by a House committee. To clarify who this would affect, the Given Name Act was modified.

“The Bible teaches us not to participate in that,” lead sponsor State Rep. Wayne Long said. “It basically just protects me or a teacher who feels that way.”

In committee, Ethan Avanzino spoke out against the proposal. He claimed that even though he pretended to be a woman while in school, he was actually transgender.

“I knew who I was back then,” Avanzino said. “These trans kids know who they are, and when we’re saying we’re not going to respect your name or your pronouns, that’s a detriment to those kids.”

According to Long, some teachers fear losing their jobs if they use the children’s preferred pronouns out of religious considerations.

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