Politician suggests schools which teach that homosexuality is ok should be held criminally responsible if pupils catch STIs

The Republican politician is seen speaking in a pro-Christian video

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The Independent US

A US politician has suggested that criminal charges should be brought against schools which teach that being gay is acceptable, if any of their students ever get sexually transmitted infections.

Republican Gary Glenn sits in Michigan’s legislature.

In a documentary for a Christian group titled ‘Light Wins: How to Overcome The Criminalization of Christianity’, Mr Glenn says: "If some young person hears at school that it’s okay to be gay and then comes down with a fatal disease as a result, school officials should be held legally liable, individually and in their official capacities, financially and maybe even criminally.”

He continues: “If the school environment is teaching children that homosexual behaviour if normal and healthy, and children, in reliance on what they’re taught from authority figures, decide to experiment or engage in such behaviour and suffer negative health consequences, somebody ought to be held accountable.”

The video was originally filmed in 2013 but was uploaded online this week by the website Right Wing Watch.

The Independent has contacted Mr Glenn for comment.