"Don't Say Gay" Passes in Tenn. Senate
BY Advocate.com Editors
May 20 2011 1:35 PM ET
State Sen. Stacey Campfield's proposed "Don't Say Gay" bill passed the Tennessee senate Friday with a 20-10 vote. The measure passed after an amendment was added to restrict the ban only to lessons related to homosexuality, and not all speech, specifically unplanned discussions in classrooms.
Democrats in the senate pointed out that the state already bans sexual education in elementary and middle school instruction. Sen. Andy Berke said the bill was unnecessary, and only being passed "just to pass it," The Tennessean reports.
A companion bill in the house of representatives has not advanced out of committee. Earlier this month, Rep. Bill Dunn said the process started too late in the year, since the house education subcommittee has closed until 2012.
Sign Up For Email Updates
- Education Theological School Grads Show Support With Rainbow Tassels 2 hours 13 min ago
- Technology Want the Worst? Search for 'Gayest' 2 hours 42 min ago
- The End of Bullying WATCH: It Already Got Better for This Colorado Student 7:58 PM
- Women Kaitlyn Hunt Refuses Plea, Heads to Court Over Same-Sex High School Relationship 7:48 PM
- Politics Ukrainian LGBT Pride Event Blocked 7:32 PM
- Sports MMA Fighter in First Fight Since Revealing Gender Transition 7:00 PM
- Women Op-Ed: Remembering Sakia Gunn: the News Coverage and Homophobic Murder 6:27 PM