Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has fired two salvos on sex education since July, attacking Democratic candidate Barack Obama for his support of age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education for elementary school children, then going after the broader Democratic field for not rejecting the inclusion of gay-related issues in sex education for second-graders.
“Not one candidate was uncomfortable with young children learning about same-sex marriage in the second grade,” Romney said on September 26. “This is a subject that should be left to parents, not public school teachers,” he said.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton shared Romneys view, in my opinion, saying that it should be parental discretion to discuss same-sex marriage with young children. Clinton also favors civil unions over same-sex marriage; she might be aiming for consistency in her views on these two issues.
But would a second grader understand civil unions, or even care?
First, I wanted to find out if same-sex marriage is taught in states that offer sex education to second graders; Illinois, for...