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Wed January 18, 2012
Don't Say Gay Debated in Tennessee House Committee
By Drew Adams
Murray, KY – A measure that seeks to ban Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues is once again before lawmakers. The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Rep. Joey Hensley and is scheduled to be heard today in the House Education Subcommittee. The companion bill passed the Senate last year. It limits all sexually related instruction to "natural human reproduction science" in kindergarten through eighth grade. Hensley said he plans to amend the House version to say the same, and believes it will pass. Opponents of the legislation fear it would prevent teachers and others from speaking out against the bullying of gay teens.