Huckabee Opposed AIDS Prevention Class As Governor
Because it would have “legitimized” homosexuality, then-Governor Mike Huckabee opposed teaching AIDS prevention.
The class, called “Preventing AIDS,” was taught in Mountain Home, Arkansas, public schools. The program featured a “three-day discussion on AIDS and how the disease is transmitted,” which was optional for students to attend. The school had said only a handful of students opted out of the discussion, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Huckabee questioned whether the class violated the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act and whether it abided by state law requiring public schools “emphasize premarital abstinence” to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
Then-state Assistant Attorney General Elisabeth Walker said the program did not conflict with state and federal law.