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

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.

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.