'Don't Say Gay' Bill Clears Tennessee Senate
Homosexuality can't be in prepared class material in schools
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2011 10:23 AM CDT
State Sen. Stacey Campfield, left, is congratulated by colleagues after his bill about gay issues passes the Senate in Nashville on Friday.   (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

(Newser) – The "don't-say-gay" bill moves on: A measure aimed at curbing discussion of homosexuality in schools has made it through the Tennessee Senate. The final version got watered down a bit, explains the Tennessean: K-through-8 teachers can respond to questions on gay issues, but they can't make the topic part of a prepared lesson plan. “They couldn’t say, ‘Today, we’re going to teach about homosexuality, lesbianism,’" says the bill's longtime sponsor, State Sen. Stacey Campfield. "That can’t be part of the course work.”

Despite its progress, the bill can't become law for a while because the state House won't take up its version until next year. One high school senior who lobbied against it and showed up for the vote said the fight will continue. “I know that we have juniors that are ready to take it head on next year,” he said. “This is the civil rights movement of our times. We have to take advantage of the opportunity to stand up for what we believe in.”

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Jun 1, 2011 1:05 AM CDT
Anyone who thinks homosexuality is something they should band together to wipe out or stand against is an idiot and should have to experience one day in the life of a gay teenager. Being gay is hard enough for the person that's gay. They already hate themselves and may struggle with wanting to kill themselves because of what they are, at first. Not to mention coming to grips with the fact that most people are going to automatically hate them no matter what they say. That their parents may never look at them the same way ever again, let alone love them. That their friends may hate them or can’t take the blow to their popularity having you around will bring so they leave you excluded from everything. That they may not be able to get a job because of some "envoy of God" won't hire what they’d call an “envoy to the Devil”. That their church may completely reject them or their religion’s ideals may not accept them. That those politicians will never stop trying to pass laws meant to take away yet another aspect of their dignity and humanity. That they'll turn on the T.V hardly ever seeing a gay character and if they do they're using the person as the butt of a joke, as the villain or the freak no one can relate too. That they'll just be minding their own business only to be insulted by hearing someone using their sexuality as a description for lame, dumb, and outright uncool. That as they’re walking along holding the hand of the one person who means the world to them a gang member or bigot may follow them to beat or kill them simply for holding hands or kissing. So you know what? You're right I would want my dick to get all stiff at the sight of a hot guy because I trained it do that and constantly try to keep it that way. Do you train yours too? Is it obedient or does it have a mind of its own? Oh, and I absolutely just love all the great things this world provides a person with just for being gay. The next time you think you know something and think it’s cool to vote on something you know nothing about why not walk a mile in their shoes.
May 22, 2011 8:21 PM CDT
How about if sodomy is simply condemned? Would that be legal?
May 22, 2011 11:50 AM CDT
The Monkey Trial State strikes again. "Hey, Marge; where's that brochure for the Creationist Museum? " DUH !!!