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Tenn. Bill to Prohibit Discussion of Gay Issues Dies

Friday Mar 29, 2013

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 for lack of 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 sought to give schools the authority to inform parents about children who talk to school officials about their sexuality.

"I'm disappointed," Ragan said. "I thought it was a good bill. It was about school safety."

The Senate proposal was the latest version of the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill that passed the Senate in 2011. The companion bill failed in the House last year.

Ragan said he plans to bring his version back next year. The companion bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville, did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press.

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  • , 2013-03-29 16:37:39

    People are so afraid of their own sexuality. It’s really pathetic they try to legislate it away for the "sake of the children. "

  • GT, 2013-03-29 17:23:12

    We can’t ever hope to change idiots like these people. Let us try to change the idiots thaat elect them.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-03-30 00:39:07

    Hello Mr. Johnson, this is Billy’s gym teacher. I thought you ought to know he was showing signs of arousal while showering with the other boys today after gym class. I’ll keep you posted on any other potentially fruity behavior.

  • IndianaJag, 2013-03-30 11:05:22

    Every gay person should avoid TN and not spend a single dime in that backwards state.

  • WayGay, 2013-03-30 13:06:24

    The next? I thought they all came from there.

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