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'Don't Say Gay' bill passes Senate

Measure to prohibit discussion of homosexuality in K-8 classrooms advances by 19-11 vote

May 20, 2011 O&AN Staff Reports   Comments

A bill that would stop Tennessee teachers from talking about homosexuality in the classroom has passed the Senate.Stacey Campfield.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield, who unsuccessfully pushed the same measure for six years while serving in the House, was approved 19-11 on Friday. The "Don't Say Gay" bill would make it illegal for educators to discuss any sexual behavior apart from heterosexuality with students in kindergarten up through the eighth grade.

A new amendment added Friday says the measure would only ban discussion in prepared materials and instruction.

The companion bill in the House will not be considered until next year after failing to advance out of committee.

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