New Version of 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Filed in Tennessee

Feb 4, 2013


A Tennessee bill that proposes forcing schools to tell parents if their children have talked to a teacher or counselor about being gay has set the stage for a new fight over social issues in the state legislature. Opponents call the legislation unnecessary and a government intrusion in family matters. State Senator Stacey Campfield’s measure is already drawing attention.

The Republican has worked on similar legislation in 2011 called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill that proposed a ban on classroom instruction or discussion of homosexuality. The new measure goes even farther, giving schools the authority to tell parents about children who talk to officials about their sexuality. The proposal isn’t gaining much support from GOP leaders.