NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that would ban the teaching of any type of sexual activity in schools is headed for a House floor vote.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jim Gotto of Hermitage passed the House Education Committee on a voice vote Wednesday. The Senate approved the companion bill 29-1 earlier this month.
Gotto said he proposed the legislation after complaints against some outside vendors that were teaching sexual education in schools. He said in some cases students were being told that any kind of sexual activity is permissible, as long as it's not sexual intercourse.
Gotto said safe sex can be taught in schools' "family life education" curricula, but it must be abstinence-centered.
If not, he said a parent has the right to sue the vendor under his proposal.