Bill to ban teaching about homosexuality fails in subcommittee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that would have banned teaching about homosexuality in public schools failed in a House subcommittee mainly because state officials say it's not necessary.

Members of the House Education K-12 Subcommittee on Tuesday voted to allow the state Board of Education to examine the bill sponsored by Rep. Stacey Campfield.

The Knoxville Republican says he proposed the measure after receiving complaints from parents that two schools were advocating homosexuality. Campfield refused when asked by lawmakers to provide the names of the schools.

Bruce Opie is legislative director for the Tennessee Department of Education. He told lawmakers he didn't know of any state curriculum that involved teaching about homosexuality.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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