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Lawmaker says he is gay, denounces school bill

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Republican Missouri House member has announced publicly that he is gay and called upon GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

Rep. Zachary Wyatt held a Capitol news conference Wednesday at which he said he was disclosing his sexual orientation for the first time. Wyatt and several other lawmakers denounced a bill that would prohibit teaching, extracurricular activities or materials that discuss sexual orientation- unless they relate to the scientific facts about human reproduction.

The bill appears unlikely to pass before the session ends May 18, but it has generated attention. Comedian Stephen Colbert mocked the Missouri proposal on his television show.

The legislation is sponsored by Republican Rep. Steve Cookson, who says he won't withdraw the bill.
Sexual orientation bill is HB2051.

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