Hawaii state Rep. Bob McDermott, who has relentlessly attacked “Pono Choices,” suggested that recent changes to the sex education program show it has no future.

The program’s image is so tarnished, the high-profile social conservative said, that few parents will opt to have their children take part in the program that he helped to make controversial over its blunt depiction of sexual issues.

Initially, the program was targeted at all middle school students — unless their parents took action to get them excused. But changes announced last week by the state Department of Education mean that parents will now have to opt their children into the program.

“I think Pono Choices is dead,” McDermott said at a Tuesday press conference at the State Capitol. “We have effectively stinkified it where no parent will want to sign their kids up for it.”

Hawaii state Rep. Bob McDermott is happy about changes to Pono Choices, but he wants more.

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Pono Choices, developed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Center on Disability Studies, came under fire last fall for being medically inaccurate, not age-appropriate and supposedly normalizing anal sex and homosexual behavior. The pilot program depicted homosexual as well as heterosexual couples contemplating and making sexual decisions.

McDermott, who represents Ewa Beach, said he was ready to file a lawsuit over medical inaccuracies in the program. He has repeatedly highlighted how Pono Choices refers to the anus as a genital.

But following the DOE’s decision to eliminate that reference, he has changed his mind.

“What I’m against is teaching 11-year-old children about anal sex as if it were the equivalent of male and female relationships. It’s not.”

“I do have a plaintiff that has standing, whose child has gone through the…

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