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Arizona Superintendent Supports LGBTQ Lawsuit Against 'No Promo Homo' Law

Kathy Hoffman
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Kathy Hoffman in KJZZ's studio in 2019.

A 1991 Arizona law that prohibits talking about the LGBTQ community in a positive light when providing HIV and AIDS education in Arizona schools is being challenged in court.

One defendant in the case is Superintendent of Public Education Kathy Hoffman.

Speaking on PBS’s "Arizona Horizon," she said she’s all for challenging the law.

“I welcome this lawsuit because I think we need more visibility to this law," Hoffman said. "It’s been very disappointing to see that year after year this bill has been introduced in the legislature to repeal this law, and it hasn’t gone anywhere.”

Hoffman said she will not fight the lawsuit brought by LGBTQ groups, and that she believes that healthy relationships should be promoted within schools.

After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.