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Government & Politics
Thu February 9, 2012
'Don't Say Gay' Bill Delayed in Tennessee Committee
Opponents of a measure that bans Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues say they'll continue to show up in large groups to protest the legislation. The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Representative and House Education Subcommittee chair Joey Hensley. It was scheduled to be heard by the subcommittee Wednesday, but Hensley says he wanted to be out by a certain time and delayed taking up his bill and others until next week. Chris Sanders is chairman of the Nashville committee of the Tennessee Equality Project, which organized the gathering of protesters. He says he doesn't view Hensley's decision as disrespectful, but that the protesters will, in his words, be "keeping the pressure on."