Bill to prohibit discussion of gay issues dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A measure that would have forced schools to tell parents if their children have talked to a teacher or counselor about being gay has failed this session.

The House version of that bill died in the House Education Subcommittee on Tuesday after it failed to get a second. The measure sought to prohibit classroom discussion of anything other than natural reproduction.

The House sponsor, Republican Rep. John Ragan of Oak Ridge, had planned to amend the legislation to require principals or counselors to identify students who might be a potential threat, but he never got a chance to do so.

The amended version would have been quite different than the Senate proposal, which would have given schools the authority to inform parents about children who talk to school officials about their sexuality.

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