Afternoon Round-Up 8/15/12

Aug 15, 2012

'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.

Bullying Bill Heard in House

Mar 13, 2012

Parents of children who committed suicide after being bullied at school testified before the Kentucky House Education committee Tuesday, advocating a bill that they say would strengthen the state’s current bullying law. The measure would prohibit harassing behavior and communication based on a student’s race, ethnicity, religion, physical or mental disability, gender, and sexual orientation.  Representative Ben Waide, a Republican from Hopkins County, said he opposed the bill because it would provide special rights to certain people. 

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 gathe