Weeks after the Legislature voted to repeal Arizona’s no promo homo’ statute, the Arizona State Board of Education unanimously voted Monday to settle the lawsuit that prompted the change.
In its monthly meeting, the State Board went into executive session to discuss the pending litigation with its attorney. When the board members came out, they all voted to repeal a regulation that sexual education classes in the state “promote honor and respect for monogamous heterosexual marriage.”
Dan Barr, an attorney at Perkins Coie who also represented the plaintiffs said the settlement agreed upon says the statute would be repealed, which it was already, and the regulation would also be repealed, but that anything further than the repeal vote would likely be discussed at the next Board of Ed meeting in May.
Monday’s decision came roughly one month after the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Equality Arizona, and both Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said they would not defend it.
It fell to the hands of the Legislature when Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge offered an amendment to attach the repeal to an unrelated education bill, SB1394. The House voted 55-5 in favor of the repeal, and the Senate voted 19-10. The bill was then rushed to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk where he immediately signed it into law.
Shope credits Hoffman with bringing it to his attention during her first State of Education speech to the House Education Committee of which Shope is a member.