Ciattarelli vows to ‘roll back’ NJ’s LGBTQ school program
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli pledges to “cancel the LGBTQ program” taught in New Jersey schools if elected governor.
In a video obtained by Gothamist.com and posted on YouTube, Ciattarelli can be heard saying, “We don’t teach kindergarten gender identification and sexual orientation. We don’t teach sodomy in sixth grade.” He said the current LGBTQ program “goes too far”.
The video was taken during a campaign appearance Ciattarelli was making at the Tactical Training Center gun store in Flemington. He appears to be having an informal conversation with someone in the store, but who he is speaking to is not shown on the video.
“I’m feeling lucky [our kids] are in their twenties, “Ciattarelli says,” and I don’t have to worry about what you’re up against right now. You won’t have to worry about it when I’m governor. “
The video was quickly condemned by gay rights groups.
In a written statement to New Jersey 101.5, Ciattarelli defended the rights of the LGBTQ community by saying “who you love is not your governor’s business” but also claimed that “extremists like Governor Murphy are undermining to their right as parents to educate their children on the most personal and intimate matters in life – and then try to shame them when they dare to speak up.
“Love is love, and who you love is not your governor’s business. And resources should be made available to students who want to understand each other as they become adults. We should not, however, encourage the abdication of parenthood or expect teachers to replace parents. Let’s be clear, as governor, nothing we do or teach in our public schools will ever supplant the role and responsibility of parents. “- Statement by Jack Ciattarelli
While Ciattarelli says he supports teaching “about diversity, inclusiveness, tolerance and respect for others”, we should not “push explicit topics into elementary school classrooms.” However, he did not provide specific examples where he believes these “explicit subjects” are currently being taught.