'Don't Say Gay' Ban Advancing in Tennessee House

Apr 18, 2012

A proposal that would ban the teaching of gay issues to Tennessee elementary and middle school students is once again advancing in the state House.  The "Don't Say Gay" bill passed the House Education Committee Tuesday by one vote. The legislation limits sexually related instruction to "natural human reproduction science" in kindergarten through eighth grade.  The proposal had been put aside for a measure that would require abstinence-centered "family life education" curricula be taught in schools.  But Republican Representative Joey Hensley says he decided to move his bill again after he found that a survey of his district showed well over 95 percent don't want homosexuality discussed in those grade levels.  The companion bill passed the Senate last year.