May 6, 2005 – A Maryland school district was forced Thursday to abandon a new health education pilot curriculum that two groups claimed favors religious points of view that tolerate homosexuality while ignoring the viewpoints of "ex-gays" and those who believe that "same-sex attraction can be overcome."
US District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. issued a temporary restraining order to stop Montgomery County Public Schools from running the program that was scheduled to start Monday for eighth and tenth grade students in six schools.
According to the Associated Press, the curriculum discussed human sexuality and the risks of unprotected sex. Tenth graders were to watch a videotape entitled "Protect Yourself," which reportedly discussed abstinence and featured images of a woman demonstrating how to put a condom on a cucumber. Parents had been given the option of keeping their children out of the classroom during the classes.
Williams agreed with the Parents and the Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) and the Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, Inc., which sued the district saying that the curriculum portrays some religious groups as "intolerant and Biblically misguided" about homosexuality.
Even though Williamsâ€™ restraining order is in effect for just ten days, MCPS Superintendent Jerry D. Weast directed the schools to suspend the pilot project until it could be further evaluated.