Tenn.'s 'Don't Say Gay' bill advances in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that seeks to ban Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues is advancing in the House.

The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, passed the House Education Subcommittee on a voice vote Wednesday. House sponsor Joey Hensley added an amendment that mirrors the Senate version of the proposal, which passed last year.

The legislation limits all sexually related instruction to "natural human reproduction science" in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Opponents of the measure say it's too broad and fear it would prevent teachers and others from speaking out against the bullying of gay teens.


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  • by Darrell Location: Knoxville on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    It really seems to me that our state goverment should be more concerned about the economy, the unemployment, health care issues and issues with the fact that we can not keep up with the "No child left behind Bill". Maybe if they spent more time on the above issues instead of this kind of frivolity we might actually be able to make some headway in the issues that are affecting the State of Tennessee.

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