Bill 13 is getting attention not because it is against bullying in general but because some parents believe that it is gay focused and goes against their morals. A Toronto rally is set for March 29 to protest the bill.
The protest rally against Dalton McGuinty's anti-family Bill 13 is scheduled to take place from 2:00pm until 3:00pm at Queen's Park. According to their Facebook event page the reasoning for the rally is to help defend parental rights and religious freedom. Those against Bill 13 say that it would cause schools to teach Sex Education theories that are controversial, thus violating religious and moral convictions of many parents.
The main organizer of the rally is the group Concerned Catholic Parents of Ontario. The group says that the event will be attended by parents from many denominations and faiths.
Bill 13 is an act that would amend the Education Act regarding bullying and other matters. The act would help to protect students regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.
For many of those who are opposed to Bill 13 it comes down to protecting students who are LGBTTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirited, intersexed, queer and questioning). At this time Catholic schools in Ontario have refused to allow school clubs that deal with sexual orientation. If Bill 13 passes the school would have to comply with the Act.