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Ontario gives OK to gay-straight alliances

Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten addresses a news conference in Toronto, Monday, April 9, 2012.

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Ontario is proposing to allow all schools with anti-homophobia clubs to choose to be called "gay-straight alliances."

Education Minister Laurel Broten announced the change in the Liberal government's new anti-bullying legislation Friday.

The proposed Accepting Schools Act had previously allowed school principals to veto names for student clubs.

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Broten says the move is about protecting and empowering students.

She says there's nothing radical about allowing students to name a club a gay-straight alliance if that's what they want.

The legislation comes in response to the suicides of two bullied students last year.

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