Some conservative Christian groups in Illinois contend that an anti-bullying bill could force students to attend indoctrination sessions on homosexuality.
They're asking for an opt-out provision in the bill, which would allow students to sit out of anti-bullying interventions designed to challenge their religious convictions.
"What we're asking is that they just include a sentence saying that no student or school personnel be required to participate in any activities or program that conflicts with their personal or religious beliefs," Laurie Higgins, with the Illinois Family Institute, said.
The Illinois Family Institute said they are concerned that gay activist groups want to end bullying by normalizing homosexuality.
The Illinois State Board of Education, the American Civil Liberties Union, and several gay rights groups support the bill.